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One Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev

Course Description

Programme description

One Health is an emerging discipline that studies the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health.

The new, re-emerging and recurring global health threats that we are facing require a long-term, more strategic approach to global health preparedness.

Underlying the problem is the growing interaction between human and animal populations driven by growth in the human population, new trends in animal production practices, changing patterns of wildlife populations, human intrusion on new ecosystems, and trans-border mobility of humans, animals, food and feed products.

Delivered through our online learning environment, our programme gives students detailed knowledge and understanding of One Health from a global perspective.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Year 1: Courses for the Certificate
The Certificate comprises three compulsory courses. Each course is taught over a period of ten weeks. The three courses in the Certificate are:

Introduction to One Health
Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance
One Health Policy and Practice

Year 2: Courses for the Diploma
For the diploma a selection of courses totalling 60 credits must be made from the following courses. Each 20-credit course is taught over a period of ten weeks, whilst the 10-credit courses are taught over a five-week period.

Socio-economic Principles of One Health
Zoonotic Diseases
Zoonotic Diseases in a Global Setting
Managing Ecosystems for Human Health and Wellbeing
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Communication, Public Engagement and Conservation
Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis
Surveillance and Control of Trans-boundary Disease affecting International Trade
Wildlife Disease Management
Ex-situ Wildlife Management
Captive and Free-ranging Wild Animal Welfare
Environmental Law
Extreme and Fragile Ecosystems
Water and Sanitation

Please note that although all courses are offered, we cannot guarantee that places will be available on all elective courses to all students, each year (it will be at the discretion of the Programme Director to assign places on courses and this will depend on demand).

Year 3: Completion of the MSc programme in One Health
The written reflective element is an assignment of 10-15,000 words (60 credits). This may take the form of one of the following:

a written dissertation
a casebook (relating to relevant professional experience)
a personal portfolio of reflective and practical activity
a research project

Students will be required to submit a proposal that demonstrates an appropriate level of critical analysis, academic knowledge and reflection, or one health practice depending on the choice made, prior to being admitted to the masters year. The University of Edinburgh’s common marking scheme will be applied.

Postgraduate Professional Development

If you are looking for a shorter course option, we offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses through our Postgraduate Professional Development scheme. These credits will be recognised in their own right at postgraduate level, or may be put towards gaining a higher award, such as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

Career opportunities

Graduates can use their One Health qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and private sectors, to advance One Health beyond the theoretical to the practical, to bring much needed attention to the policy and operational issues in both the public and animal health sectors, and in food hygiene. After completion, the programme will equip graduates to travel worldwide for employment or research.

Visit the One Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert/PgProfDev page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in veterinary medicine, medicine, life / biological sciences, biomedical science, ecosystem health, environmental sciences, social science or economics.

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