THOHUN One Health Short Course workshop

The workshop was organized on January 15 – January 17, 2014. The main objectives of this workshop were to develop curricula and training materials for One Health short course modules as well as support its integration into existing curricula of public health, medicine, veterinary medicine, and nursing in both core and member faculties and universities. Fourteen trainers of this workshop, known as THOHUN trainers, were participants trained in the Training for THOHUN trainers on One Health Short Course workshop by One Health experts.

Trainees of this workshop were from faculties of Economics, Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Science and Resource Studies, Public Health, Tropical Medicine, Veterinary Science, and Environmental Management from six THOHUN universities including Chiang Mai University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, Khon Kaen Univeristy, Mahidol University, and Prince of Songkla University. Some trained participants from THOHUN trainers on One Health Short Course workshop as well as THOHUN One Health Short Course workshop would be recruited to be trainers of a one-day THOHUN workshop as part of Global Health Institute (GHI) course in February 2014.

The workshop began with introduction activities, allowing participants to understand One Health concept, its domains and competencies, and its modules, as well as to comprehend how to use One Health Short Course facilitator guides. One Health course is comprised of fifteen modules: seven core competency modules (Collaboration and Partnership, Communication and Informatics, Culture and Beliefs & Values and Ethics, Leadership, Management, Policy, Advocacy, and Regulation, and Systems Thinking) and eight technical modules (One Health Concepts and Knowledge, Fundamentals of Infectious Disease, Infectious Disease Management, Epidemiology and Risk Analysis, Public Health, Ecosystem Health, Behavior Change, and One Health Economics).

To provide participants an opportunity to experience activities in some One Health modules, many activities or innovative teaching methods were demonstrated throughout the workshop. The demonstrated modules included One Health Concepts and Knowledge, Collaboration and Partnership, Leadership, Behavior Change, Infectious Disease Management, and Epidemiology, and Public Health. Participants also had a chance to work in small groups to design their own half-day courses in order to apply One Health knowledge and innovative teaching techniques obtained from learning or practice from this workshop. Each group presented their designs and were also critiqued on each design’s strengths and challenges as well as new ideas their courses are likely to generate. Some of the groups demonstrated activities by allowing other group members to join a mock-up of their activities.