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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Special Topic: One Health
    Subject Public Health
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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 Campus:

    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


    Not offered in 2024

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