International short course on ecosystem health (THOHUN-TELI) 2020

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In Year 2015, a teaching platform was developed to integrate OH into field- and community-based learning. Three faculties in Mahidol University (Veterinary Science, Tropical Medicine, and Environment and Resource Studies) piloted the International Short Course on Ecosystem Health (or THOHUN-TELI). In Year 2018, the course will be scaled up and merged with the community-based learning project of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Khon Kaen University.


THOHUN-TELI will build on the knowledge and experiences skills of students the future Thai One Health workforce together with health workers/professionals through hands-on and applied learning opportunities.

Expected outcomes of the course

  1. Graduate students have a strong understanding of the complexity of the environment, domestic and wild animal, and human connections and health issues.
  2. Improvement of One Health Core Competencies (OHCCs) and technical skills; cause identification, mitigation and adaptation, and risk assessment and communication of the future workforce (graduate students) and experience with tackling complex health problems in the OH field site through multidisciplinary One Health approach. Student experience in community participation and outreach.
  3. Investigations and corresponding solutions for infectious diseases/health problems originating at the human, animal, and environmental interface will be documented by student after OH field experience

Course outline

Week 1 (June 22 – July 4): e-Learning

Module 1: Problem

      1. Infectious diseases in animals
      2. Environmental change and related disease and antimicrobial resistance
        – Environmental Change & Related Disease
        – Antimicrobials Resistance
      3. Human-Wildlife Conflict

Module 2: Detection

      1. Laboratory
        – Direct Fecal Smear Demonstration
        – Larva Collection Demonstration
        – Mosquito Trapping Demonstration
        – Water sampling & quality assessment
      2. Risk Analysis
        – Definitions of Hazard, Exposure, and Risk
        – Food Safety Risk Analysis

Module 3: Solution/Communication

      1. Introduction to the One Health concept and workforce development platform
      2. Participatory Epidemiology
      3. Risk Communication
      4. Introduction of social entrepreneurship and social innovation

Week 2 (July 5 – 11): Field exposure and hazard/risk detection

  1. Presentation of information about the One Health village
  2. Visit the One Health village: multidisciplinary identification of animal, human and environmental problems
  3. Planning for hazard identification using knowledge and tools learned from Week 1
  4. Hazard detection, analysis, and problem-based project presentations
  5. Lecture and practice in Geographic Information Systems and related tools

Week 3 (June 17 – 21): Community approach and risk and behavior change communication

  1. Practice: community approach, risk communication and participatory epidemiology
  2. Planning and development of risk communication/solution
  3. Community approach and risk communication to the community
  4. Class discussion on how to improve the course management, learning and community outreach/risk communication
  5. Course evaluation and awarding of certificates

Learning Assessment

Participants must pre-and post-tests. Participants with at least 80% of the post test is eligible for field practicum.

Course Features

  • Lectures 15
  • Quizzes 6
  • Duration 50 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 1
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Yes


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