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One Health, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 45 days
University rank #33 (ARWU) Copenhagen, Denmark
The course is part of the University of Copenhagen (UCPH)/Technical University of Denmark (DTU) strategic collaboration ”Food Science Copenhagen” (FoSCo), which promotes cross- disciplinary scientific excellence in the fields of health, food- and veterinary science, and associated technical and life sciences.
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One Health is a concept that acknowledges and aims to provide efficient solutions to the multifaceted global challenges to human, animal and environmental health through cross- disciplinary research, education and collaboration between relevant institutions and stakeholders. One Health not only implies involvement of different sciences, but is also an approach which encourages coordination, communication, data sharing and joint efforts between the involved parties. In many countries, this requires development of new ways of handling challenges such as food security and safety, emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial and drug resistance, climate change and different types of environmental pollutants. Denmark has a long tradition of using One Health approaches and is among the world leading in pursuing good solutions to several of these challenges. Therefore the collaboration between the two universities offers an outstanding environment for the One Health Summer School.

The One Health approach has gained world-wide renewed attention during the last years as a way to handle emerging infectious diseases, food safety and environmental health problems. This One Health International Summer Cource provides insight into and a critical overview of the methods used in the One Health approach by drawing on the successful Danish achievements characterized by widely cross-disciplinary collaboration between public authorities, public administrations, research bodies and industry sectors.

Learning outcome

The aim of the course is to provide participants with a background for understanding the concepts of One Health and a thorough introduction to the challenges and opportunities related to the One Health approach. By mixing basic concepts and illustrative examples (e.g. zoonoses, drug resistance and chemical contaminants), the participants are introduced to epidemiology, source tracking, risk and disease burden assessments, intervention options, and cross-disciplinary prevention and control scenarios. Cross cutting issues such as critical thinking and risk communication will be included in all themes addressing health in relation to humans, animals and the environment. The acquired knowledge can be used to improve risk management decision making and facilitating solutions to the challenges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 45 days
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure


  • Understand the One Health concept and its cross-sectorial perspectives
  • Know and be able to describe One Health cases within various areas
  • Know of the main methods to analyse the impact on human and animal health issues related to microbial and chemical contamination
  • Know of the principles for prioritising intervention between different health issues
  • Know of the principles for identifying methods for prevention and control of infectious diseases, food safety threats, antimicrobial resistance and dietary health risks
  • Know of the advantages and challenges of applying One Health approaches in industry and public administrations

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Recommended prerequisites

  • Mandatory Prerequisites: The course is relevant for master- and PhD students and postgraduates (employees) in the public health, food, veterinary and environmental sectors.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1200 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 45 days.
  • EU/EEA

    672 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 672 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 45 days.
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  • External students: EU/EAA citizens: 5000 DKK, 
  • Non- EU/EAA citizens: 9000 DKK

Living costs for Copenhagen

  • 7928 - 13460 DKK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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