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One Health: Connecting Humans, Animals and the Environment

University of Basel via FutureLearn

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Expand how you address health issues, learning from top One Health experts.

In today’s globalised world, old diseases persist 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 calculate the added value resulting from the One Health approach using case studies.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between humans and animals in different cultures.

You don’t need any prior knowledge of human or veterinary medicine to benefit from thise course. It will be useful for 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.


  • Theoretical foundations of One Health
    • What is One Health?
    • How do humans relate to animals?
    • What influences the human – animal relationship?
    • How do human and veterinary medicine relate to each other?
    • Why One Health makes sense
  • One Health quantitative methods
    • Identify the added value of One Health
    • Discover interfaces between humans and animals
    • How do we assess the added value?
    • How to assess infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals
    • What are cross-sector economics?
  • One Health case studies I: One Health in practice
    • How to assess rabies control options: practise what you have learned
    • Principles of rabies economics
    • Companion animals – more than just companions
    • Linking food to human health
    • How people, markets, institutions and laws shape food production for livelihoods
  • One Health qualitative and mixed methods
    • Socio-cultural aspects in One Health
    • How to assess qualitative aspects
    • Engage with non-academics?
  • One Health case studies II
    • Summarising and relating One Health methods
    • How can we measure human and animal vaccination coverage?
    • What is health and demographic surveillance?
    • How can we adapt health and demographic surveillance to humans and their livestock?
  • Beyond One Health: ecosystem approaches to health and summary of course
    • Beyond One Health: towards ecosystem approaches to health
    • What is Eco Health?
    • Challenge your understanding of added value facets addressing the example of rabies
    • Reaching the goal – and beyond

Taught by

Bassirou Bonfoh, Esther Schelling and Jakob Zinsstag


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