Postgraduate Course: An introduction to One Health (VESC11033)
|School||Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 150,
Summative Assessment Hours 50,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
2 written assignments (50% each)
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% in-course assessment, comprising two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical background and interdisciplinary nature of One Health and its relevance to the 21st century.
- Understand the principle of One Health and the complex relationships between animal health, human health and ecosystem health.
- Understand basic ecological concepts such as biodiversity, ecosystem health, ecosystem services and resilience; understand their relevance to One Health.
- 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.
- Appreciate the practical application of a One Health approach to disease prevention and control, and the benefits of integrated health systems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||One health,eco-health,human health,animal health
|Course organiser||Dr Neil Anderson
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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