One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment

Updated June 2024

In today’s globalised world, old diseases pertain and new illnesses spread faster than ever thanks to interconnected ecosystems and the close ties between humans and animals. Stressing this interrelatedness, One Health calls for closer cooperation between human and animal health.

This course explores how One Health works in practice, bringing together different scientific perspectives. You will, for instance, study vaccination coverage data and discuss food safety enhancement. You learn how to compute the added value resulting from the One Health approach using case studies.

The only thing you need to bring to this course is an interest in the relationship between human and animals in different cultures. You don’t need prior knowledge of human or veterinary medicine to benefit from this course - it addresses non-professionals as well as health professionals and those working in politics, NGOs, and students of veterinary and human medicine throughout the world.

To take part in this course it is helpful to have access to a spreadsheet calculation program. However, you may also calculate the examples by hand on paper.

A version of this course was originally published as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) The old course structure was divided into weeks. In the videos, there are therefore some references to this weekly programme. In the course you are about to follow, the weeks have been transformed into chapters. The current course was made possible by the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


University of Basel


Author(s): Prof. Dr. Jakob Zinsstag

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