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AVBS4020: ONE Health

The health and wellbeing of all living creatures on this earth is dependent on the interconnections between people, animals, plants and the land they share. The concept of ONE Health recognizes that the health of people, animals and the environment are connected and closely related. This unit will investigate how humans relate to wild and domestic animals and their environment and investigate the negative consequence of these interaction through examining recent emerging infectious disease and zoonotic events. You will utilize the principles of veterinary and public health, biosecurity, food safety and security, risk assessment and epidemiology to understand how public health, animal health and environmental health can be optimized in a holistically approach, taking into consideration the multifaceted nature of human, animal, environmental interaction. By doing this unit you will apply your knowledge of infectious disease of animals and humans with the broader concepts of environmental and planetary health to generate disease management strategies that can lead to a more sustainable planet into the 22nd century. The unit will provide final year students with a major in Animal Health, Disease and Welfare the skills to move into the professional fields of biosecurity, human and animal disease surveillance and national and international policy development related to ecological, animal and public health.

Code AVBS4020
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
144 cp of units including AVBS3001 or FOOD3000 or VIRO3X01 or MICR3X52 or BIOL3019 or BIOL3033
Assumed knowledge:
Fundamental understanding of disease epidemiology and risk

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand and apply epidemiological skills to investigate disease outbreaks ​
  • LO2. ​Describe various zoonotic disease and environmental factors of relevance to plant, animal and public health
  • LO3. Evaluate hazards and threats to environmental, plant, animal and public health and appreciate risk assessment and risk management tools used in food safety​
  • LO4. Apply the core concepts of ONE Health in devising strategies to prevent, monitor or control emerging diseases .
  • LO5. Evaluate the drivers for emerging infectious diseases in public health ​
  • LO6. Work collaboratively and independently to sources material and data to create and communicate ONE Health strategies to address emerging animal, public or environmental emergencies. ​

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.