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TM5600 - Introduction to One Health

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject will introduce participants to the concepts of and tools used in applying One Health (OH) to common health issues at the animal, human and ecosystem interface. Building upon the foundations of biological, epidemiological, economical and socio-cultural principles, it introduces participants to systems and transdisciplinary thinking to develop the skills needed to identify, control and manage health problems at the human/animal/ecosystem interface. It emphasizes an evidence based approach to applying one health approaches to disease surveillance, policy and programme development, risk and health communications and investment cases. At the end of the subject the participants will be able to apply one health approaches in a range of practical situations; to prioritise and identify gaps in knowledge of infectious and non-infectious diseases in human/animal/ ecosystems at national, regional and global levels; and to communicate, promote and manage intersectoral interventions at community levels. The subject will have some pre-subject activities (readings and/or videos) that will be part of the subject preparation and assessment with a short guided reflective written piece. Participation in the subject will require readings, maintenance of a reflective diary, preparation activities and group work outside the formal face-to-face time and will require work on the final assessment after the subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles of One Health and interactions between animal, human and ecosystem health;
  • Critically analyse the role and responsibilities of various stakeholders, programmes and policies to support one health approaches to common health issues at the animal, human and ecosystem health interface;
  • Apply practical one health approaches to understand and manage acute and chronic conditions in a community/district nation.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 2 - (35%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% cumulative (across all assessment tasks)

MPH Core subjects or agreed equivalents.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Ms Jemma King, Professor Bruce Gummow, Professor Maxine Whittaker
Lecturers: Ms Jemma King, Assoc. Professor Janice Lloyd, Professor Bruce Gummow, Assoc. Professor Steph Topp, Assoc. Professor Lars Henning, Assoc. Professor Paul Horwood.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours online activity - self directed online learning and assessment
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.