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One Health, One Medicine: A Sustainable Approach

About This Course

Start Date: November 3, 2016

Duration: 4 weeks

Format: Discussion Posts, Multiple Choice Quizzes, Case Studies, Final Exam

Credit: Eight (8) Continuing Professional Development credits by the NBPHE (optional)

Students will be exposed to relevant areas of One Health One Medicine with special emphasis on Sustainability issues. Global health burden, determinants of health, strategies towards promoting health and applications towards a sustainable approach for the health of humans, animals and the environment will be covered. The course is a 16 contact hour experience in which students are required to attend, participate in presented topics via recorded and live online sessions, engage in discussions as well as develop a seminar presentation on a relevant topic on One Health Ecosystem Health. The course is divided into four (4) weeks with each week serving as a module focused on a particular Sustainable Approach to One Health, One Medicine. Each module will include recorded lectures, live seminars, live office hours, 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.

  • Week 1: Global Burden of Diseases
  • Week 2: Determinants of Global Burden of Diseases
  • Week 3: Approaches towards Sustainability
  • Week 4: Health in All Policies: A Global Strategy

Course Objectives

  • To embrace a definition of One Health One Medicine that captures the unique characteristics of how humans, animals and the environment are inextricably linked.
  • To apply broad global health tools needed to solve health problems with an emphasis on sustainability.
  • To demonstrate effective oral skills for communicating with different audiences in the context of sustainable approaches to health.
  • To communicate effective sustainable approaches to health 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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