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Unit Overview


OneHealth is an approach that recognises that the health of humans, the environment and animals is interdependent. Outbreaks of human diseases with animal origins, such as ebola, SARS, H5N1 and most recently COVID-19, have highlighted the need for this approach This unit aims to give students an understanding of the concept of OneHealth and the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling OneHealth issues.

The objectives of the unit are to (i) Equip students with the knowledge of the ways human, environment and animal health are interdependent and the ways this interdependency may manifest itself; (ii) Give students experience in applying their knowledge to OneHealth problems; (iii) Instill in students an appreciation of the need to apply multidisciplinary approaches.

Through the use of case studies and problem based learning exercises students will gain insight into various aspects of OneHealth. Case studies will allow the students to examine known zoonotic diseases to see how the issue developed and how it was tackled, while the problem based learning exercises will have the students work out what may be causing the disease outbreak and how best to tackle it.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of human, environment and animal health; (2) demonstrate an understanding of some of the major zoonotic diseases impacting humans; (3) communicate the OneHealth concept to a lay audience; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the types of investigation and data required for investigating onehealth problems; and (5) critically analyse available data and literature on a OneHealth issue.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study; (2) public information poster; and (3) problem based learning exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Peter Speldewinde
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
Level one environmental science
or level one public health units
Contact hours
12x45min lectures
2hr tutorial per week for up to 12 weeks
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.