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One Health, One Medicine: An Ecosystem Approach

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

Students will be exposed to relevant areas of One Health with special emphasis on Ecosystem issues. Diseases of global health importance will be covered as well as their linkages to environmental determinants. The course is a 16 contact hour experience in which students are required to attend, participate in presented topics via online sessions as well as develop a presentation on a relevant topic on One Health Ecosystem Health. The course is divided into eight (8) modules delivered over four (4) weeks, with a fifth week for an optional comprehensive exam. Each of the first four weeks deliver two modules focused on particular One Health Ecosystem Health areas. Each week will include recorded lectures, live seminars, reading materials, quiz and a blog for posting submissions to a discussion question. This course will contribute to the development of healthcare professionals, who will demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge and competence in dealing with global health issues, desire for lifelong learning, evidence-based practice, interdisciplinary team work, and professional and ethical behavior in practice in order to improve and sustain the health of the humans, animals and the environment.

  • From One Medicine to One Health to Ecosystem Health
  • One Health: Concept and Practical Applications
  • Ecosystem Health: Precautionary Principle
  • Human Health, Animal Health and Ecosystem Health
  • Framework for Understanding Ecosystem Health
  • Convergence of One Health and Ecosystem Health
  • Human Health and the Impacts of Ecosystem Alteration
  • Towards Sustainability: Ecosystem Health

Course Objectives

  • To embrace a definition of One Health that captures the unique characteristics of how humans, animals and the ecosystem interact to adversely affect each other.
  • To acquire broad global health tools needed to solve health problems with an environmental emphasis.
  • To demonstrate effective oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of human, animal and environmental health.
  • To describe a health issue of global significance in terms of determinants, magnitude, prevention and control.
  • To communicate One Health Ecosystem Health information to lay and professional audiences.

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.

Certificate

Upon successfully completing the requirements for the course, students can elect to gain continuing professional development credit through the US National Board of Public Health Examiners (https://www.nbphe.org/) by passing a comprehensive proctored examination with a score of greater than 70%. To apply for the credit, you will need to register for the comprehensive examination which will occur in week 5 of the course and pay a tuition fee of $50 USD to take the exam. The credit and the exam are optional components.

Course Staff

Satesh Bidaisee

Satesh Bidaisee

Satesh Bidaisee is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at St. George’s University, Grenada. Satesh is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, St. George’s University, and the University of Sheffield. Satesh is board certified by the United States National Board of Public Health Examiners, and holds Fellowships to the Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Public Health, Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation. Satesh supports One Health One Medicine through his education of medical and graduate students, research on zoonotic and food borne diseases and service to international one health organizations. Satesh also engages One Health One Medicine by writing and, believe it or not, singing about it!

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 continuing education credit will be required to pay a fee.


What Materials are Required?

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


Reference Text
  1. Veterinary Medicine and Human Health. 3rd Edition 1984. Calvin Schwabe
Reports
  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)
Websites
  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?

Upon successfully completing the requirements for the course, students can elect to gain continuing professional development credit through the US National Board of Public Health Examiners (https://www.nbphe.org/) by passing a comprehensive proctored examination with a score of greater than 70%. To apply for the credit, you will need to register for the comprehensive examination which will occur in week 5 of the course and pay a tuition fee of $50 USD to take the exam. The credit and the exam are optional components.

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    3-5 hours/week