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Postgraduate Course: One Health Policy and Practice (VESC11034)

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 aims to introduce the principles of global health governance and policy development in the context of 'One Health' providing a comprehensive overview of the history of international health diplomacy, evaluation of current public health policies in a variety of countries and the identification and formulation of policies, particularly in developing countries influenced by a wide range of external factors. Building appropriate human resource and institutional capabilities that link to institutional, national and regional priorities is a prerequisite for building capacity for health research and for translation of evidence to sustainable delivery of "One Health" measures.
There is a need to address training of and interactions among basic scientists, clinicians, policy makers and practitioners in the potential use and value of policy research and understanding of the policy process to overcome the disconnect between the knowledge gained from scientific health research, disease burden statistics and policy decisions. Policy research contributes skill sets to understand the policy process and ensure research outputs are relevant and accessible to the wide range of actors who may utilize them.
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 Flexible, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
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 this course students should be able to:

Understand how health policy is made and how it 'can be changed'.

Understand the evolution of the 'One Health' movement from its historical origins towards a new, innovative, international movement.

Follow the evolution of international health diplomacy to global health governance and the 'policy' frameworks underpinning One Health - identify the main advocates/ stakeholders in the current movement and their contributions.

Understand the challenges that are faced in the 'institutionalizing' One Health.

Discuss the current political and institutional challenges of implementing the One Health approach both in developed and developing countries.

Identify and define the policy 'spaces' that constrain or enable effective cross-sectoral collaboration at the country, regional and global level.

Make recommendations to overcome barriers to effective OH surveillance and formulate an action agenda that draws on these insights to promote successful cross-sectoral solutions to infectious disease threats.

Present examples of knowledge, policies and innovation and action that can be taken based on the successes at the national, regional and global level.
Assessment Information
100% in-course assessment, which will comprise two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Will include:
An introduction to existing One Health 'policy frameworks' (including case studies and exemplars)
Monitoring policy and how change occurs
How research becomes embedded in policy; evidence for policy
How diseases are prioritised by policy makers
What contribution research can make to policy change The motivation for individual nations to participate in One Health, particularly in its classification as a Global Public Good
How intersectoral initiatives can be promoted (including novel PPP and other partnerships)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiser Course secretaryMrs Elizabeth Wright
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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