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AlaskaX: One Health: A Ten-Thousand-Year-Old View into the Future

Learn to see the connections between human, animal, and environmental. Understanding these connections allows us to approach challenges in a holistic and constructionist approach and address problems at their root causes rather than treating their outcomes.

4 weeks
4–6 hours per week
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Starts Feb 21
Ends Jul 1

About this course

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Are you interested in understanding how global climate change will alter human society, animal health, and the environment? Are you curious about how these three things are interconnected?

This course focuses on what is happening right now in the Arctic, where climate change is accelerating twice as fast as the rest of the world. Understanding how Arctic ecosystems are adapting and collapsing can give us insight into future changes across the globe. While this course is focused on the Arctic, the principles and concepts in this course can be applied anywhere in the world.

Finding deep solutions to new challenges caused by climate change can’t be accomplished using only traditional fields of science, such as medicine or biology.

Addressing these issues effectively requires a novel approach, one that integrates knowledge across disciplines and cultures and recognizes the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. This concept, always central to the Indigenous worldview, has recently been recognized in Western science as One Health.

One Health was originally developed as a means of understanding how zoonotic diseases, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, arise.

  • Between 65% and 70% of emerging diseases in humans are of zoonotic origin. The way we impact our environment and how this influences human-animal interactions play a significant role in how these diseases develop and spread.

  • Health is more than the absence of disease and can be defined as a state of well-being for individuals and their communities. Under this definition, well-being encompasses physical, mental, behavioral, cultural, and spiritual health.

  • Applying this holistic approach to the One Health paradigm allows us to bring in expertise across natural and social sciences and connect Western science with traditional Indigenous ways of knowing.

  • Such a broad and deep integration of knowledge and experience provides opportunities for understanding large issues like food safety, security, and sovereignty at their roots, and for engaging stakeholders to build effective solutions.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated programs:
  • Associated skills:Social Sciences, Environmental Health, Food Safety And Sanitation, Ecosystem Science, Curiosity, Veterinary Medicine

What you'll learn

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Students who complete this course will:

  1. Have a solid understanding of the One Health concept

  2. Be able to identify how One Health can provide a lens through which to view a variety of challenging situations in human, animal, and environmental health

  3. Explain how the One Health approach can lead to sustainable solutions to critical issues facing communities in the Circumpolar North and beyond

Students will also:

  • Explain the One Health paradigm with a focus on the Circumpolar North and global applications

  • Describe the ten thousand-year history of One Health

  • Explore interrelationships between human, animal, and environmental health

  • Provide examples of challenges best addressed through the One Health paradigm

  • Describe how Traditional ways of knowing and Western science can be used together to understand and manage One Health issues

Week 1: One Health Overview

  • Welcome to the Course

  • One Health Concepts

  • Indigenous Worldview

  • The Zen Venn Approach

Week 2: Human Health and Animal Health

  • Animal Health Introduction

  • Why Animal Health Matters

  • Human Health Introduction

  • Human Health - More than just the Absence of Disease

Week 3: Environmental Health - Our Role in the Ecosystem

  • Environmental Health

  • One Health and Climate Change

  • Biodiversity

  • Biocontaminants and Contaminant Monitoring

Week 4: Social Sciences in One Health

  • Social Sciences Introduction

  • One Health Paradigm

  • Role of Team Science in One Health

  • Collaboration in One Health

Learner testimonials

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This course was excellent and is a great introduction to One Health. I feel inspired to move forward with my learning and would like to thank all the people involved in its creation and delivery. Although academic in reading content the course also had videos that were accessible and at times very moving. I have already recommended this course to others. - Patrick Green (audit track learner)

I highly recommend this course and have been delighted to find how many connections outside the course I have been able to draw upon. -Previous student (audit track learner)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Does UAF offer more One Health courses?
A: UAF has a One Health Masters Degree that can be taken online or in person.

This course is part ofUnderstanding and Operationalizing One Health Professional Certificate Program

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3 skill-building courses
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3 months
4 - 6 hours per week

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