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PUBH740 Special Topic: One Health

An introduction to the One Health approach to understanding the ecology of infectious disease.

Understanding the impact of human, animal and ecosystem factors and the relationships between them on infectious diseases, is an important emerging public health approach. This is a one-off paper taught primarily by Prof Jakob Zinsstag-Klopfenstein, a world expert in One Health. It will introduce students to integrated approaches to health, and some of the methods used in understanding and responding to health issues at the animal-human interface, including case studies.

Paper title Special Topic: One Health
Paper code PUBH740
Subject Public Health
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
MA, MHealSc, MSc, MPH, DPH, PGDipArts, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPHC, PGCertPH, PGCertPHC
(i) PGCertPHC and PGDipPHC students require approval from the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care to enrol for this paper.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline or recognised equivalent.


Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Patricia Priest
Lecturer: Professor Jakob Zinsstag-Klopfenstein

Paper Structure

Individual sessions will include coverage of:

  • Theoretical foundation of One Health
  • Quantitative and qualitative One Health methods
  • Methods for the control of infectious disease


  • Assignment 1: Written assignment
  • Assignment 1: Written assignment
  • Assignment 3: Oral presentation
Teaching Arrangements

Distance taught - participation in weekly videoconference and discussion board required.


Zinsstag, J., Schelling, E., Waltner-Toews, D., Whittaker, M., Tanner, M., One Health: The theory and practice of integrated health approaches. 2015: CABI.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of One Health
  • Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative and qualitative One Health methods
  • Review and evaluate the One Health methods for control of infectious disease

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system