Week 7 LAB Projects 2017

One Health: The Interdependence of Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems

Participating Faculty: Simon B. Duffy and Zohar Lederman (NUS)

Program Duration: Wednesday, 27 September to Saturday, 7 October

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Week 7 will require a student co-pay of S$1,000. (Financial aid and merit grants are available. Please do not let finances deter you from participating).

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  • Readings

Course Summary:

One Health (OH) is a novel approach in biomedical research and practice that perceives human health, non-human animal health, and environmental health as inextricably interdependent. It strives to benefit humans, non-human animals and ecosystems by an interdisciplinary, national and international collaboration. Numerous organisations around the world have adopted the One Health approach, including the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control, the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Australian Society for Microbiology, and an alliance between the American Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. OH covers several topics, all currently pertinent to individual and public health: food security and safety, effects of climate change, comparative medicine, pet-assisted therapy, and control of infectious diseases.

The main aim of the LAB is to introduce students to various health-related issues at the human-animal-environment interface. It will challenge students to re-consider common intuitions regarding the ethical role of humans in the universe.

Students will gain knowledge and develop independent critical thinking about key scientific, social and philosophical topics related to health and disease at the human-animal-environment interface.

The LAB will focus on the human-environment interface, and the ways in which the environment influences human health and well-being and vice versa. Using a narrative approach, students will be asked to reflect on their own experiences and describe how the LAB affected them and transformed their perception of the environment and their place in it.


Partner Organisations:

Hanifl Center for Outdoor Education in the Himalaya

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