Free Online ‘One Health’ Course Scheduled

One Health, emerging infectious diseases and other topics will be covered in a new online class from St. George’s University.

“One Health, One Medicine: A Global Health Approach” is an eight-week class offered in both a self-paced and instructor-led format.

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St. George’s University, which operates veterinary and human medicine schools on the Caribbean island of Grenada, is offering a free online course titled “One Health, One Medicine: A Global Health Approach.”

Veterinary professionals and other interested parties are welcome to enroll in the eight-week class, said instructor Satesh Bidaisee, DVM, MSPH, FRSPH, the deputy chairman of the department of public health and preventive medicine.

“Together with colleagues, we designed this cutting-edge course to examine the global health ‘One Health, One Medicine’ practice to determine how humans and animals interact with the environment and the world as one,” Dr. Bidaisee said.

An affiliation with St. George’s is not necessary for enrollment, but students who want to earn credits with the university must take a final exam Nov. 12.

While the course begins Sept. 18, students may progress at their own pace, a St. George’s spokeswoman said.

Seven modules are planned: the history of medicine; One Health, One Medicine; emerging infectious diseases; zoonotic diseases; food safety; environmental health; and international health.

The course offers recorded lectures, discussion forums, case studies and virtual office hours with Bidaisee and staff members, the university stated.

More information and registration is available at http://online.sgu.edu/courses/SGUx/OHOM1/2014/about.

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