Programme aims

This exciting programme offers graduates a broad scientific training and the opportunity to advance One Health beyond the theoretical to the practical and bring much needed attention to the policy and operational issues that ultimately will be key determinants for success.

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The aim of the One Health MSc is to provide veterinary and medical professionals, and graduates in other related disciplines, such as life sciences and ecosystem health, with the knowledge and skills to work in a One Health framework that recognises the importance of interdisciplinary working and the interrelatedness of human, animal and environmental health.

On completion of this MSc, graduates will enhance their ability to provide advice on policy development and implementation that is particularly relevant to governments and NGOs.

The main programme aims will enable students to:

  • Understand emerging disease dynamics
  • Acquire knowledge about One Health and reduce negative effects of interactions between animal, human and ecosystem health.
  • Understand how a One Health approach can be applied in a range of practical situations.
  • Apply One Health principles to address and manage emerging disease threats.
  • Learn from previous successes of One Health surveillance, particularly at the animal/human/ecosystem interface.
  • Identify gaps or challenges in implementing One Health surveillance programmes at the national, regional and global level.
  • Interpret and communicate the results of relevant research.

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