This course recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals as well as the environment and some diseases that are shared between animals and people known as zoonotic diseases.
Knowledge on zoonotic diseases, current scenario of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, measures to control and ways to reach out to community is part of the course with alignment to public health policies, said ICMR-RMRC Bhubaneswar director Sanghamitra Pati, who is the principal investigator of the course.
Official sources said more than 1000 participants all over the country have already enrolled for the course which will be launched on January 23. “After end of this 12 week course, candidates can get two certificates. Candidates will get a course completion certificate for successfully completing the course. If a candidate secures more than 80 percent marks, she/he will get an achievement certificate,” said Pati.
RMRC’s senior scientist Debdutta Bhattacharya, who is also the course coordinator, said this course is designed for the students, early career researchers, clinicians and policy makers to get an insight into ‘One Health’ and its importance in view of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of public health importance.
He said the three months course is completely free of cost and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) approved. “This is the first online certificate course on One Health from India and will be hosted by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a joint venture of the IITs and IISc, funded by the ministry of education,” said Bhattacharya.
Official sources said the One Health approach supports global health security by enhancing the communication, collaboration and coordination, at the human-animal-environment interface to address shared health threats such as zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food safety and others.