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The One Health Approach to Epidemiology and Global Public Health: Problem Solving Seminar

4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Emily Gurley

Introduction to Online Learning,


One Health is the concept that the health of humans, other species, and the environment are inextricably linked. It follows, then, that the promotion and safeguarding of human health around the globe is impossible without considerations of other species and the environment. Some of the world’s most pressing public health problems – from emerging infections to antimicrobial resistance, to environmental pollutants – are best understood and addressed through the One Health lens.

Introduces the One Health approach to global public health research and practice, providing examples of how evidence shapes public health policy and health promotion, from the local to the global scale. Strategic thinking, negotiation and consensus-building methods, and shared decision making in translating evidence to behavior and international policy will be practiced. Interaction with guest speakers working in One Health fields will be available.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the meaning of One Health and give illustrative examples from global public health research and practice about how this concept can be applied to prevent disease in international contexts
  2. Identify global health problems that should optimally be addressed through the One Health approach, including infectious and non-infectious diseases
  3. Communicate public health science resulting from One Health investigations to diverse stakeholders of various backgrounds in order to influence behavior and policy
  4. Develop a strategic resource plan that proposes human, fiscal, and other resources to achieve a One Health goal
  5. Use negotiation and consensus-building methods to facilitate shared decision making with a diverse group of national and international public health professionals in the design of a One Health program
  6. Integrate epidemiologic data, scientific information, international regulatory frameworks, ethical considerations and stakeholder interests in international policy development and analysis
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 70% Assignments
  • 20% Group Project(s)
  • 10% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

DrPH students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required