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IDOH (Infectious Diseases and One Health) is a partnership of some of Europe's leading research-intensive universities in the field of infectious diseases and the "one health" concept. The three founding partners are Université de Tours, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the University of Edinburgh.

Infectious diseases represent a major threat to public health. Fighting emerging, or re-emerging, infections requires that both animal and human health be treated as "One Health". This will enhance biomedical research discoveries, to the great benefit of both humans and animals.

The objective of the programme is to provide students from all over the world with education in One Health concepts, host pathogen interactions, immunology, zoonotic and emerging infections, translational animal models and management of infectious diseases.

This programme will allow students to study at three of Europe's leading research-intensive universities in the field of infectious diseases and complete an internships at one of the three academic partners or any of 35 associated partners (academic and industrial) located worldwide.

Programme structure

The programme will take place over two academic years and students will spend a semester at each of the three academic partners before completing a fourth semester as an internship either at one of the academic partners or one of the 35 associated partners (academic and industrial) located worldwide.

Year 1

Semester 1: Université de Tours

  • Introductory course in Immunology
  • Public Health
  • Immunology and Immunity of Mucosal Surfaces
  • Host Pathogen Interactions
  • Virulence and Resistance
  • Biodrugs, Bioinformatics and Development
  • French Language

Semester 2: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

  • One Health and Major and Endemic Zoonoses
  • One Health and Emergent Diseases in Special Situations
  • One Health in Food Safety and Security
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity
  • Spanish Language

Year 2

Semester 3: University of Edinburgh

  • Comparative Animal Models for Infectious Diseases and One Health
  • Laboratory Tools for Infectious Diseases and One Health
  • Analysis of Biological Data
  • Principles of Animal Welfare and Bioethics

Semester 4:

  • Internship leading to Dissertation in Infectious Diseases and One Health

Summer school

There is also a week long summer school between semesters 2 and 3 focused on generic transferable skills.

Learning outcomes

The programme will provide core competencies in skills identified as being required by industry and academia. Therefore, the purpose of this programme is to:

  • Provide students with a detailed knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases, immunology and modes of transmission.
  • Provide students with practical experience in a range of animal science techniques.
  • Develop an increased understanding and awareness of the application of scientific principles to the study of infectious and non-infectious causes of disease in animals and humans.
  • Develop the ability to apply scientific knowledge and technical skills in research.
  • Establish the ability to utilise effective and modern methods for interpreting, analysing and describing scientific data.
  • Enhance the ability to communicate, in writing and verbally, scientific results and information in research.
  • Ensure an understanding of the principles of “One Health, One Biology, One Medicine”, to enable the undertaking of independent research.

Throughout the programme, lectures, tutorials, interactive sessions, the “flipped classroom” approach and practicals will be the main teaching format, with the balance varying depending on the partner institution. The small class size allows for extensive participation and interaction among students and between students and academics.

Assessment items reflect the practice of science and are integrated into the course, for example with students presenting the results of a literature review to the class (peer teaching). Concepts from lectures are developed in laboratory sessions and through assessment items. Students are encouraged to question the validity of information provided and critically appraise information sourced through the literature and other resources.

Independent learning is encouraged throughout the programme, particularly during the research project, but also during preparation of assessment items and classroom work. Group work and cooperation is encouraged and enhances the learning process. Formal class contact is supported by regular meetings with course organisers and tutors. A feature of the University of Edinburgh component of the programme is the intensive hands on approach to learning. Students will participate in a wide range of laboratory activities both at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute.

Career opportunities

On completion of the degree, graduates will have a wide range of skills in the area of infectious disease biology, interactions between disease, environment and host, modern animal science and laboratory techniques.

You will also have obtained valuable generic skills in producing and presenting scientific material, communicating with people from a wide range of geographies and cultures and hypothesis development and testing. This will give you a unique background for progressing to further study (PhD or professional qualifications) or going straight into employment.

You could work in developing countries where the burden of infectious disease on both humans and livestock is significant, and thus will help improve food sustainability and the transition from poverty in these countries. In developed countries infectious diseases also cause major losses in productivity of humans and animals, and this will increase as globalisation increases. Depending on your initial background (medical, veterinary, scientific, therapeutic) graduates will find employment that exploits their new knowledge to reduce the impact of infectious disease


Visit the International Masters in Infectious Diseases and One Health (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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