Themes in One Health MED5500

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Biodiversity One Health Vet Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this course is to introduce core concepts of One Health and the interpretations thereof which form the basis of the MSc/PG Cert/PG Dip in One Health.

The course will provide an overview of key issues in One Health using relevant examples from current research in this area. A major focus will be the interdisciplinary nature of One Health and how disciplines collaborate to contribute to an in depth understanding of disease dynamics and how emerging disease threats can be addressed.


Teaching will be delivered over 11 weeks online. The pattern is as follows:

5 weeks teaching followed by 1 week for revision/catch-up, followed by another 5 weeks of teaching.

The timetable is flexible and asynchronous to allow maximum student flexibility.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will complete one written assignment. (50%).

The maximum word count for this assignment will not exceed 3000 words.


Students will complete one oral assessment (50%).

Course Aims

■ The course aims to introduce the framework of One Health and key concepts within.

■ Using examples from current research, students will explore an integrative approach to human, veterinary and ecological health.

■ Students will learn to recognise and appreciate the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations and the interconnectedness of public health, environmental issues, veterinary and human medicine and how these relate to neighbouring and overarching concepts.

■ Students will be introduced to the tools required to working within a One Health framework and how these can be applied to One Health problems in a global context.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the historic development of the One Health framework and its interdisciplinary nature.

■ Distinguish and elaborate different interpretations of the One Health framework.

■ Appraise the interconnectedness of public health, environmental issues, veterinary and human medicine 

■ Describe how different disciplines contribute to a greater understanding of complex health and disease threats

■ Analyse and describe the relationships between public health, environmental issues, veterinary and human medicine using relevant examples.

■ Demonstrate how the One Health framework can be implemented to address complex disease threats

■ Appraise the complex societal and cultural factors surrounding human, animal and ecological health that influence how One Health approaches are translated into practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.