Recent epidemic events such as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 are putting us under pressure, reminding us of the importance of this multidisciplinary approach at all levels. Application of the One Health concept is now more necessary than ever to tackle new and emerging epidemics


Key reasons to attend this course

Better understand the One Health concept and evaluate its implementation.
Identify problems for which the application of the One Health approach is the most appropriate option
Acquire more experience in emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases (EZD) through the study of cases where the One Health approach has been successfully applied
Learn to design surveillance programmes for the early detection of EZD and evaluate their performance.
Learn to design and evaluate contingency plans for rapid response to EZD outbreaks.
Be aware of the importance of communication strategies.
Network with professionals and engage key actors to exchange experiences on different aspects of the One Health approach.


A. Alba, IRTA-CReSA, Bellaterra (Spain)
G. Cáceres, MAPA, Madrid (Spain)
I. de Blas, Univ. Zaragoza (Spain)
M.G. Dente, ISS, Roma (Italy)
F. Dorea, National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala (Sweden)
J. Figuerola, EBD-CSIC, Sevilla (Spain)
P.E. Fournier, Aix-Marseille Univ. (France)
L. Hernández-Triana, Animal & Plant Health Agency, Addlestone (UK)
M.A. Jiménez-Clavero, INIA, Madrid (Spain)
N. Majò, IRTA-CReSA, Bellaterra (Spain)
S. Napp, IRTA-CReSA, Bellaterra (Spain)
J.A. Oteo, CIBIR, Logroño (Spain)
M.P. Perla, Heraldo de Aragón, Zaragoza (Spain)
T. Pumarola, Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona (Spain)
I. Rosell, Univ. Valladolid (Spain)
M.J. Sierra, MSCBS-CCAES, Madrid (Spain)
G.J. Torres, OIE, Paris (France)

Live sessions, case studies and discussions

17 Leading international experts

Course in English, with interpretation into Spanish and French


  • 0. Class 0: Video organizers, Video technological tools, Programme presentation
  • 1. Introduction: concepts and principles
    • 1.1. One Health approach
      • 1.1.1. Concept
      • 1.1.2. Involved stakeholders and disciplines
      • 1.1.3. Reasons for One Health and challenges
      • 1.1.4. International dimension and initiatives
      • 1.1.5. Group exercise/debate: Level of implementation/application of the One Health concept in participants’ countries
    • 1.2. Emerging and re-emerging zoonoses as a result of complex interactions
      • 1.2.1. Overview and historical perspective
      • 1.2.2. Emerging pathogens and their ecology: drivers of disease emergence
      • 1.2.3. Host range and species jump. Species barrier. Pathogen spillover. Immunity
      • 1.2.4. Transmission scenarios: foodborne, waterborne, airborne, vectorborne, rodentborne and others
      • 1.2.5. Vectors and their ecology
      • 1.2.6. Climate change and emerging infections
    • 1.3. Epidemiology studies under One Health perspective
    • 1.4. Risk analysis: risk-based decision making
  • 2. Surveillance of zoonotic diseases from OH perspective
    • 2.1. Surveillance: concept, objectives, components, types and sources of information. Performance and evaluation of surveillance programmes
    • 2.2. Investigation of outbreaks: known and unknown diseases
      • 2.2.1. Systematic approach
      • 2.2.2. Syndromic surveillance systems. Examples in the EU
      • 2.2.3. Diagnostic Laboratory Networks
    • 2.3. Integrated surveillance
      • 2.3.1. Animal health, public health and environmental surveillance
      • 2.3.2. Surveillance networks
      • 2.3.3. The case of West Nile fever
    • 2.4. Current trends
      • 2.4.1. Disease surveillance: big data analysis, spatial analysis
      • 2.4.2. Pathogen identification: fast, on-site methods, full genome analysis, metagenomics
      • 2.4.3. Vector monitoring
      • 2.4.4. Syndromic surveillance
    • 2.5. Practical work: design an integrated surveillance programme based on country cases for particular diseases
  • 3. Rapid response
    • 3.1. Contingency planning
      • 3.1.1. Concept
      • 3.1.2. FAO, OIE, WHO and other international or regional approaches
      • 3.1.3. Coordination between public health, animal health and environment units for the control of zoonotic epizootic diseases
      • 3.1.4. Suspicion and confirmation phases in the response
      • 3.1.5. Need of simulation exercises to evaluate contingency plans
      • 3.1.6. Epidemiological predictive models: concept, applications and limitations. Examples
      • 3.1.7. Bottle necks for a rapid response
      • 3.1.8. Case study: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic fever
        • Presentation
        • Practical work: design of a contingency plan
    • 3.2. Control measures: seeking integration
      • 3.2.1. Movement restrictions
      • 3.2.2. Biosecurity
      • 3.2.3. Emergency vaccination
      • 3.2.4. Vector control strategies
      • 3.2.5. Wild life control strategies
      • 3.2.6. New therapies for fighting against infections and new vaccine developments
      • 3.2.7. Case study: Leishmaniasis, an example of integrated control
      • 3.2.8. Practical group work/role game to organize control responses based on hypothetical outbreak data, with the different components of the One Health approach being represented in each group
  • 4. Communication strategies
    • 4.1. Presentation: who, what, how, when and for whom; ethical issues; social networks
    • 4.2. Debate
  • 5. Round Table discussion: From COVID-19 to disease X – is the One Health approach the solution?

Train at an outstanding international institution


If you wish to participate in the course, apply online at the following address:

The course is targeted to professionals from public or private sectors working in animal health or food safety who are involved or interested in the diverse strategies to prevent and cope with zoonosis. The course is also open to wildlife and human health specialists, environmentalists, researchers, technical advisors, and other professionals concerned with health and risk analysis from a One Health perspective.

The 8 sessions will be held from 15 to 19 and 22 to 24 March, from 13:00 to 17:30 (Central European Time). The time slot could be reconsidered according to the countries of origin of participants finally selected.

  • Application deadline: 1 February 2021. The deadline may be extended for candidates not applying for a scholarship if there are free places available.

Registration fees for the course amount to 400 euro.
Candidates from CIHEAM member countries (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocoo, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) may apply for scholarships covering registration fees.
Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

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