Why One Health
One Health as a collaborative, multi-sectoral and transdisciplinary approach, has been widely practiced to address global issues of disease prevention and food security. Despite global recognition of the One Health approach to tackle these complex issues, the concept was not popularized in China until the current COVID-19 pandemics. Only a few academic institutions in China, including Sun Yat-sen University, Nanjing Agricultural University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University recently, have established research initiatives on One Health. Meanwhile, a number of conservation NGOs have integrated One Health approach in their work without formally acknowledging the concept. For instance, Gangri Neichog Research and Conservation Center has been working on stray dog problems in areas of the Tibetan plateau, where thousands of abandoned Tibetan mastiffs affect the survival of endemic wildlife species and impose public health concerns on the local community.
COVID-19 led to an unprecedented level of media coverage on One Health in China reflecting on the connections between human and animal health. It dominated headlines of Chinese media, including some state-run media outlets, when the outbreak first emerged. Eight Chinese NGOs collectively launched a “One World, One Health” campaign to end wildlife consumption. As the country quickly recognizes the promise of One Health solutions to address threats at the human-animal-environment interface, we have received significant interests from the conservation community and the general public to gain a deeper understanding of this interdisciplinary concept. Realizing the scarce education resources available in China on One Health, we initiated this online course to introduce the One Health framework to conservationists, veterinarians and public health workers in China. Through this effort, we hope to promote extensive collaborations among these groups, and encourage the integration of One Health approach to address relevant issues in human, animal and environmental health in both research and practice.
course objective & syllabus
This is a master-level course as an introduction to One Health. Lecturers and panelists are expected to introduce the concept and knowledge, demonstrate the One Health approach employed in the field through their research and professional practice.
The goal is to build a systemic One Health thinking among the audience to recognize the connections between human, animal, and environment in their academic and professional careers.
The online course takes place from July to August, 2020 on a weekly basis. Lectures and panel discussions include:
- Lecture 1 – One Health Concept and Knowledge
- Lecture 1 – Natural and Socio-economic Factors Shaping Environmental Health
- Lecture 2 – Human-Animal-Environment Interactions and Diseases Emergence
- Lecture 3 – Current Status and Advancement of Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria of Animal Origin
- Lecture 4 – Animal Health and Sustainable Husbandry Practice in China
- Lecture 5 – Gorilla Conservation as a Case Study in One Health Applications
- Lecture 6 – Understanding the epidemiology from a gender perspective
- Panel 1: Lessons Learned in Disease Risk Prevention and Control from COVID-19
- Panel 2: Overseas One Health Research and Applications-Cases in Africa
- Hellen Amuguni, DVM, MA, PhD, Associate Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
- Whitney Bagge, PhD, Disease Ecologist, EcoHealth Alliance
- Marissa Cummings, MPH, Infectious Disease Coordinator, Northwest Healthcare Response Network
- James Desmond, DVM, MS, Field Veterinarian, Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection
- Kangning Huang, MS, PhD, Research Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Hongying Li, MPH, Research Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance
- Dejun Liu, PhD, Lecturer, College of Veterinary medicine, China Agricultural University
- Dirk Pfeiffer, DVM, PhD, Chair Professor of One Health, Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong
- Hao Tang, MS, PhD Candidate, Veterinary Epidemiology, Murdoch University
- Christopher Whittier, DVM, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
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