MOOC - Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: Interdisciplinary Overview

About the course

Human-animal-ecosystem health are inexorably linked and new processes and forms of interactions are emerging in the context of global change (i.e. population growth, industrialisation and agricultural intensification, deforestation and urbanisation, habitat and biodiversity loss etc.). Global health issues arising at the human-animal-ecosystem interface include the increasing global threat posed by emerging zoonosis, the alarming number of new strains of drug resistant pathogens, the Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, still a major silent global burden among the poorest, new and old human-animal conflicts with snakes or elephants partly due to rapid human population growth and urbanisation through natural habitats, and beyond infectious diseases and conflicts, the non-communicable pathologies affecting both humans and animals, especially in anthropogenic environment such as cities.

These and other major current global health challenges will be addressed in this MOOC using the One Health approach (i.e. integrated approach to human-animal-ecosystem health) and providing both a global and local perspective including the best guidelines, tools and applications from real programmes and experiences on the ground. The objective of this course is first to raise awareness on the interlinkages between human-animal-ecosystem health and then promote the application of the One Health approach for the prevention and control of diseases in global health.

Course team

Institute of Global Health – Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva


Institute of Global Health – Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva


The MOOC is 9 weeks long.

Course plan

Week 1: Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: The need for intersectoral approaches

Week 2: Emerging Infectious Diseases (EIDs)

Week 3: Emerging Resistant Infections (AMR) & Zoonotic Foodborne Infectious Diseases

Week 4: Zoonotic Neglected Infectious Diseases

Week 5: Conflicts & Injuries

Week 6: Innovation and opportunities

Week 7: Biodiversity, Ecosystem Health

Week 8: Human-Animal Bond

Week 9: Innovative Approaches to Health Promotion at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem interface (contributions from learners)





Students (undergraduates and graduates, Master’s, PhD),

Professionals in medicine,

Veterinary sciences and ecology,



Public Health,

Environmental sciences,

Urban planning,

Interdisciplinary issue of the health impacts of climate change

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