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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Vet Med Semester 2
Course Start Date 11/01/2016
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
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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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how health policy is made and communicated, and how it can be changed.
  2. Understand the evolution of the One Health movement from a policy perspective and the influential emerging disease events
  3. 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.
  4. Understand the political and institutional challenges in implementing One Health in developed and developing countries.
  5. Identify and define the policy 'spaces' that constrain or enable effective cross-sectoral collaboration, and present examples of successful policy measures at national, regional and global levels.
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Course organiserDr Neil Anderson
Course secretaryMrs Angela Harding
Tel: (0131 6)51 7363
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