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Postgraduate Course: Innovative Approaches to Health Challenges Across Disciplines (VESC11224)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies 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 Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis ten-credit course will enable students to develop critical awareness, knowledge, and skills to work collaboratively, across disciplines, to better tackle complex challenges that occur at the intersections of human, animal and environmental health. The course will be jointly provided by the R(D)SVS and Medical Schools. It will be available to students on the One Health MSc and Master of Public Health programmes, as well as students from other disciplines. Concepts of ¿One Health¿ will be introduced, reinforced and potentially further developed. Group work will form a major part of this course. Barriers to working with people from different disciplines, and innovative approaches to facilitating such work and to developing and building new communities to address health challenges, will be explored. By the end of the course, students will have developed a deeper awareness of the complexities of working across disciplines, and some related strategies to use in their own professional and practice environments.
Course description This is a 5-week distance learning course worth 10 credits. Students are expected to spend 14-20 hours per week on this course. Students will be given a brief overview of the course and will be provided with relevant materials and resources. Specific collaborative and individual tasks and online discussion exercises relating to core practices and case studies will be set. This will culminate in group and reflective assignments to be submitted at the end of the course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 05/08/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100 % consisting of a combination of summative group and individual assessment incorporating a variety of activities.
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 concepts, theories, and principles related to One Health and to working across disciplines.
  2. Collaboratively develop original and creative responses to complex issues and make informed judgements in the absence of complete or consistent information.
  3. Work collaboratively with peers from other disciplines in ways which critically reflect on own and others¿ roles and areas of expertise.
Reading List
Key readings include a selection of resources commonly used in Action Research methodologies, community building and facilitation workshops.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills During the course, students will have to demonstrate the ability to work both collaboratively with others and independently. They will explore creative approaches to joint working across disciplines whilst improving their critical knowledge and understanding of One Health. Since the course is distance learning, it will contribute to their communication, writing and IT skills. Finally, they will be expected to be able to draw from and bring together the experiences provided throughout the course for their group and reflective assignments. Competencies such as innovative and transdisciplinary thinking should develop and improve.
KeywordsOne Health,integrated and innovative approaches,community building,complex health challenges
Course organiserDr Glen Cousquer
Tel: (0131 6)51 7374
Course secretaryMr Michael Winpenny
Tel: (0131 6)50 8825
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