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Title: One Health Approach to Emerging and Re-emerging Zoonotic diseases
Keywords: Zoonotic diseases
Disease prevention, control and elimination
Communicable diseases
Country: Vietnam
Institution: Vietnam - Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH)
Course coordinator: Dr. Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh
Dr. Le Thi Thanh Huong
Date start: 2023-06-05
Date end: 2023-06-16
About duration and dates: If you wish to participate in this course, please complete the registration form and CV and send them before the 15th of March, 2023 to Academic Affairs Dept. (the form can be found on the website of the university).
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Distance-based
Course location: Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH)
ECTS credit points: 3 ECTS credits
Student Investment Time = 90 hours consisting of:
Contact time: 30 hours
Private study time: 36 hours (during the course)
Assisted tutorial/field visit: 8 hours
Assessment/assignment time: 16 hours
Language: English
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases and their management at the global and national levels.
2. Analyze the multiple interactions at the animal-human-environment interface that lead to outbreaks of emerging or re-emerging zoonotic diseases.
3. Apply the One Health approach to develop a plan for prevention, detection and responding to emerging or re-emerging zoonotic diseases.
Assessment Procedures:
Assessment will be based on individual field trip report and group exercise.
• Field trip report (50% of total credit point; 2000 ± 200 words): Students will spend one day in the field to identify Environmental Health hazards and zoonotic disease risks at a pig and/or poultry farm in Ha Nam province (approximately 65 km from Hanoi Capital City) and propose management solutions applying One Health approach.
o Activities of students:
 Visit a pig and/or poultry farm and discuss with local farmers, householders, local authorities, veterinarian and health staff to identify environmental health hazards and zoonotic disease risks in the human-animal-environment interface at the farm.
 Write an individual field trip report on the situation of animal husbandry, describe environmental pollution issues, identify risk factors of zoonotic diseases outbreaks and propose appropriate risk management solutions applying One Health approach.
• Group exercise (50% of total credit points): Students will be required to work in group: prepare 15 minute PowerPoint oral presentation with appropriate visual aids to describe the application of One Health Core competencies in preventing, detecting and responding to one emerging or re-emerging zoonotic disease in Southeast Asian countries).
Individual field trip reports and group work presentations will be marked from 0 to 10. Failing students (graded < 4.0) will be given an opportunity to resubmit their reports that have taken into account the comments given. This should be done within 1 week and will be reassessed by the course organizer.
Group exercise if failed (graded < 4.0), students will have an opportunity to resubmit their power point slide presentations based on reviewers’ comments. This should be done within 1 week and will be reassessed by the course organizer.
Overall grades of this course will be presented using a Grade distribution table (described below), which will show how the existing national scale is being used in HUPH and allow for comparison with the statistical distribution of grades in a parallel reference group of another institution.
The main topics covered in this module are:
• Introduction to One Health Approach and Core Competencies.
• Emerging and remerging zoonotic diseases in high risk regions.
• Water, sanitation, climate change and zoonotic diseases in Southeast Asia.
• Food safety, food security and antimicrobial resistance.
• Collaboration and Partnership in prevention and control of zoonotic diseases.
• The role of laboratory in surveillance for zoonotic disease outbreak detection and prediction.
• Apply One Health System Mapping Analysis and Resources Toolkit (OH SMART) in the prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.
Seven 4-hour lectures to introduce students to different aspects of zoonotic diseases and One Health approach.
Two-hour laboratory visit at HUPH Laboratory Center to introduce the role of laboratory in surveillance for zoonotic disease outbreak detection and prediction.
A full-day (8-hour) field trip.
Thirty six-hour self-study (reading relevant materials to support lectures, field trip report, individual assignment, and group exercise).
Three 4-hour for individual assignment accomplishment.
One 4-hour seminar on Group exercise.
Proof of English fluency: tropEd students from an accredited tropEd home institution who have passed a core course in English language will be considered sufficiently fluent in English language. Also students who can provide proof of academic education passed entirely in English language will be considered sufficiently fluent. Applicants not being able to provide either of these criteria will be asked to proof fluency by a TOEFL (iBT score >= 79; State TOEFL 550) or IELTS (score >=6.0).
The number of students is limited to 25, max number of tropEd students is 10.
First come, first served.
800 Euro (21,050,000 VND)
Scholarships: None
tropEd accreditation: Accreditation in January 2019, in Lisbon.
This accreditation is valid until January 2024.
This course is a key achievement of the USAID One Health Workforce (OHW) Project, which aims to achieve such a workforce transformation. Focusing on two infectious disease hot spot regions, Central and Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia, OHW strengthens training and educational programs in universities to create a skilled workforce in using a transdisciplinary approach known as One Health. The One Health approach brings together disciplines such as medicine, preventive medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, nursing, animal husbandry, environment and ecology to work together to more effectively address emerging challenges at the interface of animals, humans and the environment. Emerging infectious diseases and zoonotic diseases are one of the most pressing of such challenges, which is a one of 11 action packages of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to accelerate progress towards a world safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious disease. This course will be generated a new kind of public health professional skilled to work in a trans-disciplinary environment and equipped with the technical, leadership, communication collaboration skills and tools to respond to any current or future infectious and zoonotic disease threat.
This course has been taught for various programs in 17 universities in Vietnam One Health University Network at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 2015, including master of public health program, doctor of preventive medicine in the health and health science universities, master of public health veterinary, veterinary at agricultural and veterinary universities. Assessment of the course (content, active teaching and learning method) was highly appreciated by both learners and lecturers.
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Date Of Record Release: 2019-02-15 15:11:50 (W3C-DTF)
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