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Unit information: One Health in 2021/22

Unit name One Health
Unit code VETS30034
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Mann
Open unit status Not open

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School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


The One Health unit is aimed at exploring how research influences and improves the understanding of animal and human health and disease and how it interacts with clinical practice and policy making

Aims of the Unit

  1. To convey a fundamental understanding of how disease functions within the animal populations, including wildlife, how this relates to public health, as a result of food production and zoonotic disease, and what impact livestock production and treatment has on the environment.
  2. To discuss and explain how research impacts clinical practice and express the fundamental principles of evidence-based medicine.
  3. To provide competency in critical analysis and management of data and study outcomes in order to facilitate understanding of research articles and interpretation of research project data
  4. To successfully communicate to different target audiences (general public, colleagues and policy makers) scientifically accurate information gathered from research.

Intended learning outcomes

The successful student is expected to acquire the skill to:

  1. Critically appraise research outputs and identify their main components, findings and limitations.
  2. Explain and contextualize how different research approaches shape the outputs and impacts of research.
  3. Calculate test specificity and sensitivity for different scenarios and critically evaluate the impact of these.
  4. Explain the importance of the reproduction number.
  5. Describe the principles behind disease control and assess different approaches to disease control.
  6. Explain how disease processes can be modulated by therapeutic agents.
  7. Explain how novel therapeutic agents are discovered and developed, and evaluate how they are tested and assessed in clinical practice.
  8. Illustrate the importance of current topics in Veterinary Public Health for various stakeholders including researchers, professional policy makers and the public
  9. Effectively gather, evaluate and synthesis information for presentation to a range of audiences and pitch it appropriately at different levels.

Teaching details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

In person sessions

Small group tasks

Assessment Details

Formative assessments (must complete):

  • Data handling in research-Small group presentation with post presentation discussion and peer feedback
  • Epidemiology, Population Health and One Health- Written coursework on epidemiological calculations

Summative assessments:

  • Group assessment using multimedia approaches to appraise and critically evaluate how research informs knowledge of disease, pharmaceutical interventions and public communications (40% of total mark)
  • Individual assessment to include Continual Professional Development (CPD) workshop planning with supporting multimedia material based on topics covered within this unit (60% of total mark)

The passmark for each summative coursework element is 40%. Students failing to achieve a pass for any element of the unit will be required to undertake a comparative piece(s) of coursework during the resit period.

The resit opportunity for the VN Programmes is routinely scheduled during the University resit window (Late August / early September). Exceptionally, the final year resit period shall be scheduled to dovetail with the Veterinary Science Programme's resit opportunity every July.


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