In ancient times, the health of people, animals, plants and the environment were believed to be interconnected. Now, we know that they are also interdependent. Our globalized world serves as a multiplier for these dependencies, positives, and negatives, and provides the platform for local issues to become global.
The One Health Certificate has been created to bring together graduate students and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge around the complexity of health in the era of big data. The program is composed of a 4-course 12 credit curriculum with a flexible structure and is tailored to accommodate the interests of multidisciplinary students while grounding training in one health systems thinking. The certificate may be taken fully online.
The objective is to develop a common language and momentum to explore areas at the interface between animal, plant, human, environmental health, and other disciplines, to allow our students to broaden their views and be more competitive in professional environments.
The certificate will provide the opportunity and the tools to create a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who will be able to make unique contributions to the field of health.
One Health Certificate: 12 credits total
The certificate consists of 2 required core courses PHC 6446 Systems Thinking in One Health (3 credits) and PHC 6937 One Health: An Environmental Health Perspective (3 credits). The Systems Thinking in One Health course aims to give students a structured space for dialogue, in order to master the transversal tools that are essential for every professional who engages in understanding the complexity of health. Sessions will be delivered by expert speakers on cross-cutting topics and coupled with specific problems and how these can be viewed and approached through a One Health lens of embracing complex systems thinking. The Environmental Health Concepts in One Health course will approach complex issues through an environmental lens, so students learn how to consider the influence and impact the environment has on human and animal interfaces.
The remaining 6 elective credits aim to deliver basic knowledge in different areas of health within several tracks. These courses will allow students to explore different viewpoints, increase their understanding of interdisciplinary convergence, and enhance their awareness of how different disciplines can intersect health.
The objective is to enroll a group of students with a broad array of professional backgrounds, ranging from philosophy to biotechnology.
A total of 12 graduate credits are needed for this certificate. Students in the certificate program will take a combination of core and elective courses that provide applied and theoretical training.
We offer four tracks (i. Communication, behavior and health; ii Urban development and health; iii. Ecosystems and health; iv. Pathogens, contaminants, and health) to build the next generation of professionals capable of identifying interdisciplinary opportunities around health.
Each student is required to take the following two core courses as part of the certificate: PHC 6446 Systems Thinking in One Health (3) and PHC 6937 One Health: An Environmental Health Perspective (3). Students will then track into one of the options below or, choose two courses from any of the tracks.
Track 1: Communication, Behavior, and Health; Choose 2
Track 2: Urban Development and Health; Choose 2
Track 3: Ecosystems and Health; Choose 2
Track 4: Pathogens, Contaminants, and Health; Choose 2
Deadlines to apply for the One Health Certificate are rolling. Participants may choose to begin their program at the start of fall, spring or summer terms as defined by the University of Florida schedule. The Department of Environmental and Global Health will begin offering the certificate program in Spring 2020.
Tuition costs for the program range from $6500-$7500. For more information about this certificate program, please feel free to contact the Department of Environmental and Global Health at email@example.com or the One Health Center at One-Health@ufl.edu.
If you are not currently enrolled as a student at the University of Florida and wish to apply to this certificate program, please fill out the form below.
You must also submit a University of Florida Online Application for Graduate Admission found at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/more and pay the $30 non-refundable application fee in addition to the form. Please feel free to contact the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our online programs are not eligible for any of these funding sources. If you are a UF employee seeking to use your EEP benefit, a state of Florida employee seeking to use a State Tuition waiver or a UF graduate student on an Assistantship, the cost of enrollment in our online courses and programs will not be covered by these programs.
Current UF students are not eligible to receive dual credit for any course(s) taken within the One Health Certificate curriculum or receive the graduate certificate because this is an off-book program. Students who are interested in the One Health curriculum can, however, still take part in the courses. To register, please contact the individual departments offering the courses you are interested in.
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