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Wrap up

In this article, Jakob Zinsstag summarises the topics addressed in week one of this free online course about principles of One Health.
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This week you explored the different relationships between animals and humans and discovered different attitudes toward animals that exist amongst you and your fellow learners.

You gained insights by investigating how culture and religion influence the human-animal relationship and discussed the relevant ethical issues with other learners. You also became acquainted with the way how human and veterinary medicine relate to each and how health systems are organised in different countries. Finally you learned about the history of One Health and the concept behind it.

In the following weeks you will learn more about the quantitative and qualitative methods of One Health and you will explore how One Health works in practice by digging into different case studies. As we now reach the end of our first course week we would like to refer you back to the question we asked in the pre-course discussion: Whose knowledge counts in health systems? Is it physicians, veterinarians, nurses, patients, politicians, or does everyone’s knowledge count?

How would you answer this question now? Please share your thoughts in the ‘comments’ section below.

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