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Postgraduate Course: Socioeconomic Principles for One Health (INAH11025)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will describe the methods to identify and quantify the human suffering and economic costs across the human and animal sectors if we fail to build appropriate human and institutional capacities and fail to exploit available technologic innovations in countering health threats. A reduced disease burden among poor people globally will lead to enhanced economic and social contribution by individuals and communities.
This component will focus on the data needs and tools for assessing the dual impact of zoonoses on human and animal populations. It will provide the necessary skills for estimating this impact alongside the costs of socially appropriate interventions, so as to inform advocacy, priority setting and resource allocation, both in terms of overall resources and cost sharing between medical and veterinary sectors. Socio-economic research methods will be explained, including focus groups and questionnaires and the use of participatory approaches with an emphasis on understanding and analysing the socioeconomic context of households and communities affected by zoonotic disease.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Blocks 4-5 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Online Activities 148, Summative Assessment Hours 48, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment, which will comprise two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark.
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Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

Understand the principles of livestock economics and how animal health affects this, how livestock productivity parameters can be monitored in order to assess the impact of disease on livestock and of interventions to control disease.

Calculate the costs of disease control in human and animal populations.

Apply methods for assessing the impact of disease in human populations using DALYs and in terms of the financial cost to patients and health services of dealing with disease.

Compile and use data on disease burden in people, losses in livestock and costs of intervening to control these diseases in cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit studies.

Apply methods for obtaining socio-economic information (focus groups, structured and semi-structured questionnaires) with an emphasis on participatory approaches.

Undertake investigations of the socio-economic status of households and communities affected by zoonoses, using wealth indicators derived from focus groups.

Justify the role that the sectors can play with in One Health, and assess the role that they currently play or intend to play as veterinarians, medics, biomedical scientists, modellers, geographers and socio economists.

Appreciate the application of this approach to trans-global problems and the solutions that cross-sectoral collaboration and a Whole of Society cost benefit approach to health might offer.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDisease management, socio-economics, DALY
Course organiserDr Ewan Macleod
Tel: 0131 242 9379
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Sandford
Tel: (0131 6)51 5470
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