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One Health, One Medicine: A Global Health Approach

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

One Health One Medicine is a course for persons interested in the knowledge and application of medicine, veterinary medicine and public health. The course is divided into seven modules each highlighting One Health One Medicine in the following areas:

  • History of Medicine
  • Introduction to the One Health One Medicine Concept
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases
  • Food Safety
  • Environmental Health
  • International Health

Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to the concept of One Health One Medicine
  • To identify the common health challenges shared between humans and animals
  • To understand the roles of human veterinary medicine in ensuring that infectious diseases shared between humans and animals are controlled
  • To apply the principles of food safety as it applies to food from animal origin
  • To recognize the environment as a common space for health and diseases for both humans and animals
  • To appreciate the collaboration between human and veterinary medicine
  • To reference the role of One Health One Medicine in community and international health

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Clearly describe the potential public health impact of zoonoses.
  • Recognize prevention and control strategies for zoonoic diseases.
  • Identify new and emerging zoonoses.
  • Describe the microbiology and chemistry of food from animal origins.
  • Describe inspection of food animals for infectious diseases, parasitic diseases and toxic agents.
  • Identify infectious disease control measures for food safety.
  • Recognize the environmental impact of livestock operations.
  • Identify legislative actions, regulations and permits in livestock production.
  • Relate the concepts of animal welfare in public health.
  • Describe human and veterinary collaboration in human health care.
  • Describe human and veterinary participation in community services.
  • Relate the international health significance of human and animal disease control.

Course Methodology

This course is a blended learning experience comprising of recorded lectures, discussion blogs, case studies and modular evaluations. Recorded sessions for knowledge learning will include video and audio recordings of course content. Application based learning will include blog discussions and case studies. While the course content is offered all at once so that students can browse all of it, students will benefit from following along with the class. Also, some elements require participation during certain weeks in order to receive a grade for that section.

Course Staff

Satesh Bidaisee

Satesh Bidaisee DVM, MSPH, FRSPH

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Chairman for the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s University, School of Medicine. He has previously held positions at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Bidaisee is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine, Trinidad and St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Graduate Studies Program.

As a research investigator, Dr. Bidaisee supports community based participatory research and service activities along his interests which include Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Control, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Food Security and the pursuit of the One Health concept. Research projects include Chagas Disease prevention and control programs in South America, Vector Borne Disease Control in the Southern Caribbean and Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Bidiasee is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and holds memberships to the International Society on Infectious Diseases, the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and the American Public Health Association. Dr. Bidiasee also serves as a referee for the International Journal of Advanced Life Sciences and extensively writes on Zoonotic Diseases of Human Health Significance and the One Health, One Medicine Concept.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course free?

The course and all the content is absolutely free. Only those students who choose to take the exam for university credit will be required to pay a fee.

What Materials are Required?

All required course material will be made available on SGUx. Other recommended resources include:

Reference Text
  1. Veterinary Medicine and Human Health. 3rd Edition 1984. Calvin Schwabe
  1. The World Health Report 2007: A Safer Future: Global Public Health Security for the 21st Century
  2. Report of the WHO/FAO/OIE Joint Consultation on Emerging Zoonotic Diseases (May 2004 Geneva Switzerland)
  1. The Center for Food Safety and Public Health
  2. Emerging Infectious Disease Journal
  3. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. UK)
  4. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

How can I receive credit for this course?

A final exam will be offered to students at the end of the course period. Students who choose to take the exam and pass it will recieve university credit. A $115 fee applies to take this optional exam and receive credit.