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Princeton University

Bats, Ducks, and Pandemics: An Introduction to One Health Policy

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Welcome to "Bats, Ducks, and Pandemics: An Introduction to One Health Policy".

One Health is the concept that human, animal, and environmental/ecosystem health are linked. The concept provides a useful framework for examining complex health issues such as food safety and security, emerging and vector-borne diseases, and antimicrobial resistance. It can be used to analyze government policies to determine if they are effective in improving health and well-being.

Agriculture is the foundation of civilization. Surplus food enabled the growth of cities; cities led to nations, and nations discovered the science and technology that allowed populations to grow. But agriculture comes with costs including environmental and ecosystem destruction and the emergence of zoonotic diseases. Antibiotics are the foundation of modern medicine. But antibiotics have come with costs too, including antimicrobial resistance and potentially harmful changes to human and animal microbiomes.

This interdisciplinary course will cover diverse subjects such as basic epidemiology, public health, public policy, basic microbiology, food safety, and security, zoonotic diseases, sanitation and hygiene, antimicrobial resistance, environmental and ecosystem health, and the national and international organizations that oversee health, agriculture, and the environment. Disease outbreaks including Influenza, Q fever, and Ebola will be discussed. While the course was developed and recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, the concepts learned very much apply to it. This course emphasizes holistic, not siloed, approaches to health, and disease.

Taught by

Laura Kahn


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  • This free/no-certificate/audit-only offering, an overview to One Health, is amazingly well-rounded and covers all fundamental bases. Furthermore, for both beginners or casual learners and early to mid-career professionals in any of the fields under One Health, the material provides fresh and relevant insights that one would not easily obtain from standard or conventional texts on the covered topics. The recommended readings are numerous and topnotch – a reflection of the course creator’s experience and expertise on such important matters. This course is highly recommended for everyone interested in understanding the underlying forces behind global or local health issues such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Anonymous
    this lecture was very useful because its talking about human, animal and environmental health systems which are close very likely to considered in one health.

    this chapter gives us to talk about the diseases that are contagious between them
  • Anonymous
    A mixture of public health and public policy and their connection to our daily, global health issues. Very interesting! Laura Kahn is an expert in this field.

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