This spring (2015) the Center for One Health Research was excited to offer the first course about One Health at the University of Washington. Introduction to One Health Course (ENV H 490/590 C), a course for both undergraduate and graduate students, consisted of learning modules focusing on Introduction to One Health, Zoonoses, Animals as Sentinels for Environmental Health Hazards, The Human-Animal Bond, and Human-Animal Medicine. Group interdisciplinary problem solving sessions which stressed integrated human-animal-environment assessments and interventions for emerging health problems were a key part of the course structure. Students also participated in field trips to the Seattle Aquarium, the Woodland Park Zoo and a class visit from Drama, the miniature horse therapy animal., and an online educational exchange session with students at the Washington State University Allen School for Global Animal Health.
The One Health course director was Peter M. Rabinowitz, MD MPH, associate professor in the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science and the Department of Global Health and director of the UW Center for One Health Research. Veterinarian Dr. Heather Fowler VMD MPH, a veterinarian with clinical and public health experience who is a Ph.D. candidate in occupational and environmental hygiene at the UW School of Public Health, also assisted in teaching the course.