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One-Health

The One-Health concept is based on the premise that health related interactions among people, animals, and the environment have profound influences on disease risk, transmission, and prediction efforts. There are estimates that 60% and 75% of human infectious diseases and emerging human diseases respectively have their source in animals (whether domestic or wild), (http://www.oie.int/for-the-media/onehealth). These are called zoonotic diseases and include rabies, West Nile virus, Rift Valley fever, and brucellosis among others. In some cases, animal health can serve as a warning for human disease transmission as demonstrated by West Nile virus, or where mortality of West Nile virus-infected birds may trigger awareness of human risks.

While human-animal-environmental interactions have long been recognized as being important, some powerful drivers of change are increasingly causing volatility among people, animal, and environmental linkages. These drivers include climate change, population growth, land use/cover changes, and alterations in disease vector ecology.  Accordingly to the CDC, the influence of climate change and other environmental factors has caused the emergence and re-emergence of many diseases. Consequently, it is crucial to educate and inform people to the greatest extent possible regarding the One-Health concept and those factors which continuously cause variation among the interacting processes among people, animals, and the environment.

Key Learning Outcomes

The Auburn University One-Health online graduate program clearly represents an area of crucial need and importance within our state as well as nationally and globally.

Students completing the graduate certificate program will be:

  1. Recognized for their education and new skill sets and be afforded new professional opportunities in the public and private sectors
  2. Knowledgeable regarding relationships between One-Health concepts and many other professions such as urban planning, engineering, natural resource management, etc.
  3. Competent in the fundamentals of One-Health concepts
  4. Able to articulate to audiences linkages between One-Health concepts and challenging technical problems related to the environment

The Auburn One-Health certificate program utilizes expertise from the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Requirements

To obtain a One-Health graduate certificate from Auburn University students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of online coursework.

Course CodeCourse NameCredit HoursFallSpringSummer
FOWS 7200Disease Ecology (required)3X*X*X*
FOWS 7400Introduction to Public Health (required)3XX
FOWS 7300Current Topics in One Health 1XX
FOWS 7500Outbreaks to Pandemics: Emerging Infectious Diseases in a Modern World2X*X*
HDFS 6930Society and Health **3X
NTRI 6100Nutrition in Disease Prevention **2XX
NURS 8420Population Health Outcomes **3X
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health (UAB) **3X
HCO 604Public Health Policy (UAB) **3X

*Tentative: check course schedule or contact SFWS for updated schedule for confirmation
**non-SFWS course: check course schedule or with the instructor for confirmation

Enrollment

To participate in the One-Health certificate program, students must apply to Auburn University, (http://graduate.auburn.edu/).   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Entrance to the certificate program and AU Graduate School requires a 2.75 GPA.  However, exceptions can be made if sufficient justification for the exception is provided to the SFWS Graduate Program Office.

Graduate certificate applicants are required to submit the online application to be admitted as a non-degree student, pay the online application fee ($60 or $70 domestic vs. international respectively) and submit transcripts.  They must submit an official transcript for the highest degree they currently hold.  International applicants must also submit an English proficiency score.

Students enrolled in our program may elect to apply to the UAB School of Public Health as a non-degree student at a fee of $40, a status which will allow them to take HCOP 601Q Health Economics (link to syllabus). The UAB credit can be transferred to Auburn University where the credit will count toward completion of the certificate.

Students may enroll three times per year to begin their coursework in the spring, summer or fall semesters. All application materials must be received no later than 45 days before the first day of class of the semester. For deadlines and other details, visit http://graduate.auburn.edu/prospective-students/general-admission-requirements/.

Fees

The One Health graduate certificate program requires 15 credit hours at $546 per credit hour for Auburn University courses. UAB course fees can be found online at https://www.uab.edu/cost-aid/cost/detailed-tuition-fees#graduate. Please be aware, students pursuing graduate certificates are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Need help getting started?

For guidance regarding curriculum choices, admissions policies and deadlines, please contact Dr. Jessica Daniel at jrd0084@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1077 or submit a request for information about our online programs.

Specific questions concerning the One-Health certificate and courses can be address to Dr. Graeme Lockaby at lockabg@auburn.edu or (334) 844-1054).

Now Accepting Applications

Through distance education and online learning, our expert faculty prepare students to address complex natural resources-related topics and issues that are highly impactful to our society and environment. Our curriculum is convenient and flexible for students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to advance professionally.

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Quick Facts

  • Earn a certificate in less than 3 years
  • Only 15 credit hours required
  • Credit may be applied to Master’s of Natural Resources Graduate Degree (MNR Non-thesis)
  • No GRE required for enrollment
  • Enrollment open spring, summer and fall!

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