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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
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 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
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 Information (Learning and Teaching) 2 written assignments (50% each)
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% in-course assessment, comprising two assessments each worth 50% of the final course mark.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts, and scope of One Health.
  2. Demonstrate critical reflection and creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding of One Health practices and approaches.
  3. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of One Health.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsOne health,eco-health,human health,animal health
Course organiserDr Neil Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7421
Course secretaryMr Michael Winpenny
Tel: (0131 6)50 8825
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