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One Health Tools to Promote and Evaluate Healthy and Sustainable Communities

4th term
Environmental Health and Engineering
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Meghan Davis

340.601 PRINCIPLES OF EPIDEMIOLOGY or 340.751 EPIDEMIOLOGIC METHODS 1 or 340.721 EPIDEMIOLOGIC INFERENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH or equivalent course in epidemiology; AND Introduction to Online Learning


Students will learn and apply tools and principles of One Health, which is the interface of human health, animal health and environmental health, to promote and evaluate healthy and sustainable communities. Classes will cover methods central to the conduct of One Health research or programs, which includes study design, stakeholder participation, community engagement and program evaluation, and will cover topics of high relevance to One Health in a way that uses systems approaches and synthesis to join perspectives from the multiple disciplines. These topics include drivers—such as the food system and antimicrobial resistance—that can contribute to or detract from the health and sustainability of communities. Methods will be presented in the context of applications such as policy, regulation, and economics and will connect One Health techniques for knowledge integration and other approaches to the design of healthy communities.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the three One Health domains and how they relate to each other
  2. Describe methods to measure One Health drivers of community health or disease
  3. Apply the principles of systems thinking to describe how these drivers are interconnected
  4. Describe the importance of stakeholder involvement and methods to incorporate and assess the impact of multiple perspectives in One Health research
  5. Design observational or interventional studies or programs to incorporate One Health methods and approaches to support healthy and sustainable communities
  6. Identify and critique policies and programs that incorporate One Health knowledge and approaches
  7. List metrics and describe methods to evaluate the effectiveness of One Health approaches to research or program design
Methods of Assessment:

Participation & attendance: 20%
Group presentation: 40%
Individual Paper: 40%

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent is required for students who have not taken prerequisite courses. Consent is not required for all other students.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This is course that integrates methods applicable to research and practice with practical applications, including public health challenges related to the food system and antimicrobial resistance, and utilizes systems thinking in the approach to these challenges. No textbooks will be required for this course. Students will be assigned reading from different texts, governmental or NGO reports or from the scientific literature to meet course objectives.