University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

One Health

One Health is an emerging discipline that studies the complex relationships and interactions between animal health, human health and ecosystem health. The new, re-emerging and recurring global health threats that we are facing require a long-term, more strategic approach to global health preparedness. Underlying the problem is the growing interaction between human and animal populations driven by growth in the human population, new trends in animal production practices, changing patterns of wildlife populations, human intrusion on new ecosystems, and trans-border mobility of humans, animals, food and feed products.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to 1st or 2.1 Honours in the UK), in veterinary medicine, medicine, life or biological sciences, biomedical science, ecosystem health, environmental sciences, social science or economics.

Course modules

Year 1: introduction to one health; applied epidemiology, surveillance and observational studies; one health policy and practice. Year 2: At least 1 (or more) of: Socio-economic principles for one health; ecosystem health; one health management and risk assessment. Plus a choice from: Emerging infectious diseases; zoonotic diseases; communication, public engagement and conservation; introduction to GIS and spatial analysis; surveillance and control of trans-boundary diseases affecting international trade; wildlife disease management; ex situ wildlife management; wild animal welfare; environmental law; extreme and fragile ecosystems; water and sanitation.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Professional Postgraduate Diploma Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Online study - 12 months
PgDip Online study - 24 months
MSc Online study - 36 months

Campus details

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Distance learning

Key information

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