Pathways to Exploring and Understanding One Health Connections

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Professional Course
Self-paced Online
4 weeks
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Pathways to Exploring and Understanding One Health Connections

One Health is internationally recognized as a strategy to understand and address many of the wicked problems facing the world today. Organizations such as the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the Arctic Council have endorsed this approach. While many experts agree that working across disciplines and cultures at the interface of human, animal and environmental health provides a simultaneously deep and broad knowledge base, achieving the collaboration required for this work to succeed is often very challenging. The effective operationalization of One Health requires skills and approaches that support equity of knowledge transfer giving equal weight to natural sciences, social sciences and traditional ways of knowing. While knowledge holders are often well- versed in understanding information and communicating it to others within their own discipline and knowledge base, they often struggle to understand data as it is presented from knowledge bases and disciplines outside their own. Competence in active listening skills, cultural awareness, and guidelines that promote equity in the value of all knowledge systems engaged are key to the successful implementation of a One Health approach. This course will build on the skills acquired in OH1x. In OH2x students will work through actual case studies where problems will be examined, defined, and addressed using a community-based participatory One Health approach. Students will gain experience in

  • Active listening
  • Cultural awareness
  • Knowledge Holder and stakeholder identification
  • Defining primary and secondary problems
  • Building and maintaining community relationship
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Training content

Integrating One Health through a Constructionist Approach

  • Operationalizing One Health
  • Approaches to One Health
  • Reductionism vs Constructivism
  • Engaging Stakeholders


  • Zoonosis
  • Identifying zoonotic disease
  • A Case Study in rural Alaska: rabies, dogs, bite injuries, and physical and emotional well being in rural Alaska
  • Why is this a One Health issue?
  • Defining the problem
  • Identifying Knowledge Holders and stakeholders
  • What do you need to know to help?
  • What has worked and what has not?
  • Thoughts for the future


  • Food safety security and sovereignty
  • Why is this a One Health issue?
  • Defining the problem
  • Identifying Knowledge Holders and stakeholders
  • What do you need to know to help?
  • What has worked and what has not?
  • Thoughts for the future

Holistic Health & Wellbeing

  • Understanding mental and behavioral health through a One Health lens
  • Cultural and Spiritual considerations
  • Working towards solutions by addressing root causes
  • Indigenous ways of knowing and healing in a modern world
  • Applying the One Health approach to management and prevention

Course delivery details

This course is offered through University of Alaska Fairbanks, a partner institute of EdX.

4-6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$99
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

Students who complete this course will:

  • Explain why previous approaches to problem-solving have failed
  • Differentiate between reductionist and constructionist approaches to problem solving and explain why One Health utilizes the constructionist approach
  • Understand what is meant by a zoonotic disease and how they can be best understood through a One Health approach
  • Understand how food safety, security, and sovereignty, are interdependent and how a One Health approach can be used to understand and address them
  • Understand how mental and behavioral health issues can be viewed through a One Health lens

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