Introduction to the Course
In times of global change and challenges as the recent Covid-19 pandemic, the necessity for a holistic approach is more evident than ever. “One Health” is such a holistic approach that includes not only human medicine, but also veterinary medicine, environmental and social sciences.
The Core Competencies are the foundation of the One Health approach, which include interdisciplinary teamwork, systemic thinking and a basic understanding of the approach.
Content, schedule and requirements
The One Health Core Competencies course consists of a blended learning system, including synchronous and asynchronous units. In the asynchronous sessions, the participants will be led through the theoretical foundations of interdisciplinary teamwork, systems thinking and the One Health approach through self-study with interactive elements on the Moodle-platform. Participants will also see illustrative examples of current One Health scientific cases. During the synchronous sessions, participants will meet online via ‘Zoom’ and work together as multi- and interdisciplinary teams. They will reflect and discuss on the One Health approach and solve a real-world One Health problem using an interactive problem-based learning method. The learned content will be reviewed in interactive tasks on Moodle. As a final assignment, participants will develop a written report – the “Mission Plan” for solving the One Health problem.
The module will last for 8 weeks, starting on May 2nd, 2022, and is designed for around 90 working hours (3 ECTS), including 30 hours working with online material and meetings and around 60 hours self-study and project work.
At the end of the module, the participants will be able to:
- identify the One Health approach, its definitions, history, and current discourses
- recognise current global health challenges, identify underlying problems and define their dimensions and impact on human, animal and environmental health systems
- manage multi- and interdisciplinary teams, understand roles and responsibilities, familiarize with concepts and vocabulary of other disciplines
- develop solutions for One Health problems and plan their implementation
- be aware of the big picture and interdependencies of stakeholders in global health challenges
Format: Blended Learning (via ZOOM, Moodle).
Credits: 3 ECTS.
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