One Health Course/DeCal

One Health Student Initiative DeCal: One Health Education for Action

Critically Engaging Interdisciplinary Students on One Health

Semester Offered: Fall, Spring

For more details on the course for spring 2018: http://www.decal.org/4187

One Health for Action: Integrating Human, Animal, and Environmental Health

One Health has been defined as “the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally, and globally – to secure a healthy world for people, animals and the environment. This course is intended to provide an overview of the One Health model that has been adopted by a variety of disciplines, including – but not limited to –  medicine, veterinary medicine, conservation biology, and ethnobotany.  Students are guided to understand and develop holistic approaches to health by critically analyzing existing paradigms of health and medicine and discussing alternative approaches to medicine and health.

Guest speakers, including veterinarians, physicians, epidemiologists, and ecologists will give presentations throughout the semester, providing insight into real world problems and analyzing them within the principles of One Health. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with these experts in a small group setting as well as one-on-one. Through the aforementioned talks and out of classroom activities, this DeCal aims to serve as a forum for academic curiosity and engagement. We hope to provide students with a community of like-minded peers and faculty in order to foster a space for personal and academic growth.