22 international participants started a One Health post-graduate specialization course today – University of Copenhagen

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10 March 2017

22 international participants started a One Health post-graduate specialization course today

Monday, 6 March a reception was held at Frederiksberg Campus, University of Copenhagen to welcome the participants and to kick start the course.

'One Health' is a methodological approach which implies interdisciplinary collaboration, joint efforts and communication in all aspects of veterinary and public health aiming to protect humans, animals and the environment.

The overall objective of this course is for the participants to acquire in-depth knowledge about the One Health approach when solving national, regional and global challenges. Special focus is on health problems associated with the spread of pathogens from animals and humans (zoonoses):

  • transmission and exposure
  • molecular and epidemiological methods in surveillance
  • outbreak investigations
  • mapping of zoonotic pathogens, antibiotic resistance
  • risk communication and management

The foreign participants come from China, Columbia, Kenya, Mexico and Vietnam and join last-year Danish veterinary students in the three-month One Health course which is one of five specializations under the veterinary curriculum.

The reception started with a formal welcome by Professor Anders Dalsgaard, Section of Food Safety and Zoonoses, followed by Birgit Nørrung, Head of Department for Veterinary and Animal Sciences, who talked about the recent fusion from 3 to 2 veterinary departments at KU and the importance of the one health approach in the world today.

Marianne Vestergaard from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs then gave a small talk highlighting the importance of the newly established strategic sector collaborations between Denmark and a number of so-called growth countries. She was happy that representatives from these countries were now able to participate in the One Health course.

After the speeches the buffet was opened with nice food and drinks and the participants mingled and have talked with the other participants, organizers and external guests.

Minh Phu Tran, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Can Tho University, Vietnam (PhD from UCPH, Food safety and zoonoses):
"Food safety is an emerging issue in our country and by taking this course we will gain more knowledge about the problem and how to solve it. Taking this One Health course I will also have the ability to point out the problems related to food safety and how it could be applied in the research in order to solve the food safety problem in Vietnam. When I get back to Vietnam I will try to prepare a food safety study program, perhaps a joint program between our university and the University of Copenhagen".

German Andres Vasquez Nino, Columbian Agricultural Institute:
"I joined this One Health course because there is strategic sector collaboration in Food Safety between the government in Columbia and the Danish Embassy. My expectation to the course is to get in-dept knowledge with the One Health approach and the methodologies. I know a bit because of my experience before; I work mostly with the food safety and risk-based inspection process and also with the veterinary medicines. I have expectation about the involvement of the medical sector and physicians in generel, because I see that an international initiative in the One Health approach is kind of limited nowadays. Without a true and full involvement of the whole health system in the countries the action of this approach is limited. For me it is the true approach and I have always told about that and especially for developing countries they will really need to carry out this. Of course there is no economic risk-assessment yet to know if it is better than the traditional system, but maybe there are some studies now that can prove that and that it really is the way to move forward. We will have a chance to know that and to spread the word about the One Health initiative"

Professor Anders Dalsgaard, Course coordinator, Section for Food safety and zoonoses:
"I am very excited and happy that we have the foreign participants on this year’s One Health course. The Danida Fellowship Centre and the growth counsellors at the Danish embassies have worked hard with us to make this possible. We will do our best to give all participants a good course and experience in Denmark. We are also looking forward to learn more about the experiences and food safety challenges that the participants face in their home countries".

Read more about the course

For more information, please contact:

Professor Anders Dalsgaard
University of Copenhagen
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Section of Food Safety and Zoonoses
DIR +45 35332720
MOB +45 24431305
adal@sund.ku.dk