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Nature Based Interventions

Based on the current knowledge and state of the art of nature based intervention students will learn why and how natural environments can support humans’ health promotion. The knowledge can be used to improve planning, choice of and/or design of places for nature based interventions. Special attention is paid to the role of nature, as different kinds of landscape e.g. forests and gardens; edible plants as well as considering variation related to season and geographic location. Different places where nature based interventions are used will be visited both with the whole class and individually, and professionals working with NBI will be interviewed.
Written assignments, oral presentation of exercises and participation in seminars and field trips are compulsory.

This year’s course is largely online based (via Zoom and Canvas), due to covid-19 restrictions, the physical campus meetings may be turned into digital .
The course consists of four main blocks including a number of compulsory online elements:

September 6, 2021
September 20 - 22
October 13 - 15
December 6 - 8

(For more details see schedule)

Dear all,

The course will be given online via zoom link. The link is found on the course home page on Canvas (see course schedule).

See you on September 6th at 10 o'clock (zoom link on Canvas).

Kind regards

Anna María

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You have until 2022-01-30

Additional course evaluations for MP0007

Academic year 2021/2022

Nature Based Interventions (MP0007-M1293) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

MP0007 Nature Based Interventions, 15.0 Credits

Nature Based Interventions

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture Environmental Psychology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits and English 6


The course focuses hon how different types of natural settings can be used for interventions as part of treatment, rehabilitation and programs for the prevention and promotion of healthy everyday habits in different user groups.

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
• Describe and discuss how different target groups can benefit from nature based interventions.
• Identify outdoor environments useful for nature based interventions.
• Develop nature based interventions suited for rest and recovery, as well as more demanding physical and cognitive activity.
• Analyse the role of a specific natural environment in an intervention.
• Reflect on the use of nature based interventions in relation to professional practice


The overall aim of the course is to convey knowledge about how different types of natural environment can be used in health promoting interventions for specific user groups. Strategies to identify, use and develop nature based interventions are presented. Considered is the usefulness of a different types of natural environments - as a forest, a garden or a beach – related to season and specific location. Visits to professionals working within the field, describing how they use the site and the surrounding landscape make up an important part. The course comprises lectures, seminars, study visits, project work and exercises. Written assignments, oral presentation of exercises and participation in seminars and field trips are mandatory.

The course combines mandatory Campus meetings with tasks carried out independently. Different Campus meetings can be held at different SLU Campuses (Alnarp, Skara and/or Umeå).

Formats and requirements for examination

Participation in compulsory elements. Approved participation in seminars. Successful completion of exercises. Passed scientific paper.

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given as a distance course, with mandatory Campus meetings, at 50% speed.

Responsible department

Department of People and Society

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0306
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Nature-based interventions
Comments: No mandatory literature but all relevant literature will be provided at the course start.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Outdoor Environments for Health and Well-being - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 27500 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Environmental Psychology
Course code: MP0007 Application code: SLU-10293 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of People and Society Pace: 50%