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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:
- Recognized for their education and new skill sets and be afforded new professional opportunities in the public and private sectors
- Knowledgeable regarding relationships between One-Health concepts and many other professions such as urban planning, engineering, natural resource management, etc.
- Competent in the fundamentals of One-Health concepts
- 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.
To obtain a One-Health graduate certificate from Auburn University students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of online coursework. Students are required to take, Introduction to One Health (1 credit hour), Human dimensions: Wildlife, the Environment, and Health (3 credit hours), Disease Ecology (3 credit hours), and Current Topics in One Health (2 credit hours). They may then choose from the following graduate electives (up to 6 credit hours required):
- Influences of Natural and Altered Environments on Health (3 credit hours)
- Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Disease (3 credit hours)
- Introduction to Epidemiology (3 credit hours)
- Society and Health (3 credit hours)
- Nutrition in Disease Prevention (2 credit hours)
- Health Economics (UAB, 3 credit hours)
- Global Perspectives in One Health (AU School of Nursing, 3 credit hours)
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.
Need help getting started?
For more information on Graduate Admissions Policies and Deadlines please contact Rebecca Masic at email@example.com or (334) 844-1007. Specific questions concerning the One-Health certificate and courses can be address to Dr. Graeme Lockaby at firstname.lastname@example.org or (334) 844-1054).
- 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