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Our Planet, Our Health (UNIB10017)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeUNIB10017
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This interdisciplinary subject will introduce students to the core concepts of One Health in its broadest sense, as a concept that describes the interconnectedness of the health of humans, animals and the environment. Key themes that will be explored during the course, with reference to case studies, will include:

  • The historical progression of animal health, wildlife health and conservation;
  • Sustainable agricultural development, food security and human nutrition across a range of country/development contexts;
  • Emerging infectious diseases at the animal/human interface, the role of infection reservoirs, intermediate hosts and vectors;
  • The ecology of microbial pathogens, including food borne diseases and the development of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Surveillance and response in a One Health framework;
  • Societal norms and behaviours in relation to the intersection of human and animal health;
  • The holistic concept of “One Health” in the context of indigenous health; and
  • Ethical, political, cultural and governance challenges in the “One Health” domain.

Intended learning outcomes

Students undertaking this subject will:

Gain a deeper and broader understanding of the complex interplay between human, animal and ecosystem health including the historical and current influence of anthropogenic change in different cultures and contexts.

Specifically, they will learn to:

  • Discuss the importance of food security and human nutrition for sustainable development in diverse settings;
  • Identify important risk factors and determinants of emerging infectious diseases at the animal-human interface
  • Appreciate the interconnectedness of microbial pathogens across ecosystems, with implications for foodborne disease and emergence of antimicrobial resistance;
  • Describe and discuss the integrated surveillance and response strategies necessary to realise the benefits of a One Health approach;
  • Understand and discuss the powerful role of social and cultural norms, beliefs and behaviours in shaping the intersection of human and animal health;
  • Recognise and appreciate the various political, cultural, economic and governance challenges that impede the implementation of One Health in diverse settings.

Generic skills

  • Develop academic excellence with an in-depth knowledge of the area of One Health, develop an aptitude for continued self-directed learning and become adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • Become knowledgeable across disciplines, including an ability to examine critically, synthesis and evaluate knowledge (incorporating knowledge and skills from their own discipline with those of others), are able to participate fully in multi-disciplinary collaborations and to confront unfamiliar problems
  • Be able to become leaders in their communities through the engagement in meaningful public discourse on the subject of One Health and related disciplines and develop excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills
  • Will be attuned to cultural diversity through valuing different cultures, having an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our and other communities and respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
  • Will become active global citizens, by accepting their social and civic responsibilities, being advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment and having a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


  • Final essay
  • 1,500 words
During examination period55%
  • Participation in tutorials and practical exercise
From week 1 to week 1010%
  • One hour multi choice online assessment
  • 1,000 words
Week 835%


Assessment task two requires students to contribute to tutorial discussion on weekly basis, to be assessed by the tutor. To facilitate the student's engagement in the tutorial from weeks 2-11 a small number of students (one or two depending on tutorial size) will allocated to read the set reading for the following week and summarise the contents briefly to the class at the commencement of the next tutorial, taking up to a maximum of 10 minutes. Each student will be asked to summarise a reading once. Completion of this task plus overall contributions to discussion across the semester will be assessed.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorsKenneth Winkel and Anke Wiethoelter
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

    kdw@unimelb.edu.au & anke.wiethoelter@unimelb.edu.au

    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


    Currently enrolled students:

    Future Students:

Time commitment details

134 additonal study time

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 26 June 2019