AFNS/PHS – 416/516
Course Instructors: Drs. Aiken, Neumann, Otto and Massolo
Lecture Time: 8:00 - 9:20 AM, Tuesday and Thursday
Location: Rm-213, Education Building
Objective: ‘One-Health’ is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, emerging non-zoonotic diseases impacting one health, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations.
• The course will provide an integrated framework for dealing with the interaction between human health, animal health and environmental health.
• There is a recognized knowledge gap in critical public health areas such as communicable disease control and prevention, and in food and water safety. For example, of the more than 1400 infectious diseases known to man, approximately 60% of these diseases are caused by zoonotic pathogens (i.e., pathogens derived from animals). Examples of non-zoonotic diseases impacting one health will also be covered.
• One Health is a concept that has received global awareness in various industrial (e.g., global food safety) and academic sectors. The course would represent the first such course offering of an integrated theme at the U of A.
Prerequisite: *3 microbiology and *3 physiology or consent of the instructor
General Course consideration
Undergraduate students: 35% Midterm, 55% Final Exam and 10% participation
Graduate students: 30% Midterm, 45% Final Exam, 15% Oral presentation and 10% Participation
Graduate student presentation: 20 minute presentation and 5-10 minute discussion
Midterm Examination: Feb. 28
Final Examination: TBD
Deferred Final Examination: TBD
Grading: Examinations will consist of multiple choice questions. The final examination will cover entire course material, but about 70% will be on lectures following the midterm examination. Results from the midterm and final exams will be used to determine a course mark which is then used to assign a final grade. In case you miss the midterm exam, the weight of that exam will be transferred to the final exam, only if proper document is presented to the instructor within two working days of the missed exam. In the case of illness, you are required to present a University of Alberta Medical Statement form signed by the treating physician within 48 hrs of the missed exam. In case of other instances (e.g., family affliction) you are required to provide a statutory declaration sworn at the Records Division, Examinations and Timetabling, Office of the Registrar. A missed exam without proper document will be assigned a grade of 0.
If you miss the final exam, you must apply to your Faculty Office for permission to write a deferred final examination. You are responsible for the proper documentation (e.g., a University of Alberta Medical Statement form signed by the treating physician) that is required for an application and should be presented to the Faculty Office within 5 working days of the missed final examination. A missed exam without proper document will be assigned a grade of 0.
Class interactions: We encourage questions and discussion during the lecture.
University Code of Conduct: “The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at ww.ualberta.ca/secretariat/appeals.htm) and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.”
Plagiarism: No student shall submit the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the student's own in any academic writing or assignment in a course without proper reference materials.
Cheating: No student shall, in the course of an examination, obtain or attempt to obtain from another student or unauthorized source. It is also an offense to represent or attempt to represent oneself as someone or oneself represented by another in the taking of an examination or preparation of any course related activity. Students should refer to the online Code of Student Behaviour for a full description of academic offences.
Resource Materials: Will be provided by individual instructors and details will be sent by email/posted on the course schedule.