The health of people, animals, plants and their environments are closely connected. This has implications for our effort to produce and consume food whilst safeguarding our planet, with a world population that will reach 9 billion in 2050. How do we deal with (re)emergence of infectious diseases driven by urbanisation and globalisation? The Global One Health course addresses these concerns and highlights approaches towards human, animal and plant health using a transdisciplinary lens. You will gain insights, tools and practices to better advise on and manage policies on Global One Health in your own country.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Have gained insight in the principles behind a Global One Health (GOH) approach and be able to apply these principles to health challenges for humans, animals and plants in their day-to-day work.
- Understand the scope of GOH and learn about the interrelatedness of animal, human, plant and environmental health;
- Get familiar with applying different tools and feel equipped to perform GOH analysis;
- Have learned about the ecological and economic relevance of GOH management;
- Have got exposed to GOH practices in the Netherlands and are able to identify entry points for GOH policy, planning and management in their own country.
For who is this course?
The course is open to international participants and mid-career professionals who are interested to learn more about (Global) One Health, and MSc students of Wageningen University. Participants should preferably be active in rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, livelihood governance, food and nutrition security and sustainable development, or other relevant areas. Several years of professional work experience and at least a BSc level are additional assets. Proficiency in English is a must.
Course programme in more detail
Think of zoonoses, plant pests, or other vector-borne diseases. Examples in human health are the well-known avian influenza and SARS epidemics, the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa; the global spread of Zika virus; and the alarming invasion of the American fall armyworm in Africa, which threatens food production. Understanding the factors that cause such outbreaks and how they interact is crucial to safeguard the health of people, animals and plants everywhere on the planet. An example: Antibiotic resistance is not a simple problem for which there is a simple solution. It is a complex conundrum that involves livestock farming, healthcare and consumer use but is also further complicated by the fact that bacteria are not hampered by borders in our globalised world. A Global One Health approach is needed to tackle this issue.
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course Global One Health: towards Human, Animal and Plant Health. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.