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Postgraduate Course: An introduction to One Health (VESC11033)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaVeterinary Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is designed to introduce the student to the core concepts and historical background underlying the emerging discipline of One Health. It will provide a broad overview of the key issues in this field that will be dealt with in further depth and detail in year 2 courses, using relevant examples to illustrate the major problems and challenges. In particular it will explore the inter-disciplinary nature of One Health and the role of the key actors within this framework. The course will contribute to a better understanding of emerging disease dynamics in the 21st century, what is One Health and its role in addressing emerging disease threats.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 150, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Notes 2 written assignments (50% each)
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background and interdisciplinary nature of One Health and its relevance to the 21st century.

Show a comprehensive understanding of the drivers of disease in a globalised world and be able to provide examples and discuss the current major issues regarding health systems today.

Describe the complex relationships between animal health, human health and ecosystem health, risk and mitigation.

Understand the principle of ┐One Health┐ and its role in addressing growing disease threats of the 21st Century.

Appreciate the application of this approach to trans-global problems and the solutions that integrated control might offer.

Understand how biologists, ecologists and natural resource managers, physicians, veterinarians and social science researchers can all contribute to One health efforts to mitigate against disease and how biodiversity, conservation and ecosystem services underline the successful application of a One Health approach.
Assessment Information
100% in-course assessment, comprising two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Will include:

History and evolution of the concept of 'One Health' and its application as a Global Public Good (GPG).

Conceptual background and neighboring concepts (ecohealth, conservation medicine).

Application of One Health to trans-global problems and the solutions that integrated control might offer.

Tool box for research and international intersectoral collaboration

Animal reservoirs as a source of human disease, human reservoirs as a source of animal disease.

Integrated human and animal disease surveillance systems

Recent success of One Health in control of emerging infectious diseases, using examples including West Nile Virus in the USA, the global spread of H1N1 and SARS.

The application of One Health in the control of endemic zoonoses in resource-poor communities.

Ethical considerations of human and animal surveillance (clinical, epidemiological or questionnaire based research in animals and humans)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsOne health, eco-health, human health, animal health
Course organiser Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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