Informações sobre o curso
The University of Geneva, Institute Pasteur, University of Montreal and Centre Virchow-Villermé/University Paris Descartes welcome you to this MOOC on "Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface"! Over the next 7 weeks, you will explore and learn about some of the major and current Global Health Challenges at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: zoonotic emerging infections (e.g. Ebola, Nipah, MERS, Avian Influenza), antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases (e.g. rabies, leishmaniasis, zoonotic TB), snakebite and other human-animal conflicts etc. You will learn new concepts from the field of epidemiology, social anthropology, disease ecology, veterinary sciences, global health policy etc. and approaches such as One Health, Eco-Health and Planetary Health. Also, you will learn about innovative tools and frameworks used to study and tackle some of these Global Health challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals era. This MOOC proposes you a dynamic, international and interdisciplinary programme based on the One Heath approach (human-animal-environmental dimensions) and involving more than 30 top experts from more than 20 academic and research institutions and international organisations based in Geneva, Paris, Montreal and the world. Policy makers from the World Health Organisation, clinicians from the University Hospitals of Geneva, epidemiologists from Institut Pasteur etc. will share with you their knowledge and experiences all along this MOOC. Video-lectures have been filmed in different parts of the world and settings (from the field to the lab and office) and will be combined with the latest open readings and interactive activities in the discussion forum, video-conferences etc. This MOOC keeps evolving and enriching actively over time and two new sections on "Health Benefits at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface" and "Management of Ecosystems under Global Changes: Implication for Human Health" have been added in May 2018. This latter section was developed in close collaboration with experts from World Health Organisation and the Convention on Biological Diversity and is introduced by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. The development of this MOOC was led by Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castañeda, Dr. Isabelle Bolon and Prof. Antoine Flahault from the Institute of Global Health of the University of Geneva. The list of instructors is completed by Prof. Arnaud Fontanet (Institut Pasteur) and Prof. André Ravel (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal). Watch our teaser here and let’s get started! (with subtitles in French and in Chinese)

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Approx. 25 hours to complete

Sugerido: 7 weeks of content (+ 1 week of revision and exam) and 4-5 hours/week
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Legendas: English, French, Chinese (Simplified)

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Intermediate Level

Nível intermediário


Approx. 25 hours to complete

Sugerido: 7 weeks of content (+ 1 week of revision and exam) and 4-5 hours/week
Comment Dots


Legendas: English, French, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


2 hours to complete

Welcome! Key information on the MOOC

In this Module, we provide you a general description of the MOOC, including some videos and readings that give you an overview of the content, evaluation and activities. This MOOC is based on a highly interdisciplinary and international approach to health, please check the huge diversity of experts involved (see in the Syllabus & list of Experts). Learners following this MOOC have had opportunities to participate in a number of activities (join a workshop in Geneva and Basel for free, become teachers of African refugees, win a travel grant to attend a conference in Geneva,..). We shared with you these activities at the end of this introductory section. New opportunities such as these will be proposed through this MOOC in the future, we will keep you posted. Let's get started and do not hesitate to ask any doubts in the forum of the course! We will be pleased to help you!...
4 videos (Total 20 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Description of the MOOC : From Content to Evaluation (Dr. Ruiz de Castaneda, UNIGE)9m
"Global Flipped Classroom & Hackathon on One Health”, 10-14th July 20172m
Discovering Global Health Together: UNIGE’s students and African refugees connected through an UNIGE’s MOOC5m
Reading7 readings
Syllabus & list of Experts10m
Learning material, activities & interactions with experts10m
Evaluation & Certificate10m
Global Flipped Classroom & Workshop in July 2017: Join us in Geneva! - Last call for SSPH+ and/or Swiss participants!10m
Published: First 'Global Flipped Classroom in One Health': From MOOCs to research on real world challenges10m
Win a Travel Grant to Attend the Geneva Health Forum in April 201810m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Motivation to follow this MOOC2m
3 hours to complete

Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: The Need for Intersectoral Approaches (Section 1)

In this section of the course, you will learn about some of the major current Global Health challenges at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface and the need for cross-sectoral approaches to health, including One Health, Eco-Health and Planetary Health. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 1" for a more detailed description....
7 videos (Total 53 min), 7 readings, 7 quizzes
Video7 videos
The importance of One Health for Global Health (Prof. A. Fontanet, Institut Pasteur)3m
The Tripartite Collaboration: FAO-OIE-WHO (Dr. K. Miyagishima, WHO)12m
Cross-Sectoral, Multidisciplinary Risk Assessment for Health Threats at the Human-Animal Interface (Dr. L. Mumford, WHO)8m
How to link Global Health Priorities with Biodiversity? (Dr. M. Neira, WHO)6m
Global Animal Trade: Health Risks and Regulations (Dr. J. Berezowski, UniBe)9m
Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction & Health (Dr. C. Wannous, UNISDR)9m
Reading7 readings
Zoonotic Diseases and One Health Approach10m
The FAO-OIE-WHO Collaboration: A Tripartite Concept Note10m
WHO - Rapid risk assessment of acute public health events10m
Recommended Readings10m
WTO - Understanding the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures10m
UNEP - The Latest Frontier - Exotic Consumerism: Illegal Trade in Live Animals10m
UNISDR - Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and Webinar (October 19, 2017)10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Importance of One Health in Global Health4m
Tripartite Alliance: Priorities & Actors4m
Cross-sectoral heath risk assessments2m
Biodiversity and Planetary Health4m
Global Trade of Animals4m
Graded quiz on "Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: The Need for Intersectoral Approaches"10m
Bangkok Principles and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction2m


4 hours to complete

Emerging Infectious Diseases (Section 2)

This section focuses on the current global threat posed by zoonotic emerging infections and the tools and challenges for studying and controlling them. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 2" for a more detailed description. Note that many of the topics addressed here (bushmeat, bird migration and avian influenza, etc) are re-discussed in the section 8 of the MOOC....
12 videos (Total 100 min), 12 readings, 11 quizzes
Video12 videos
Challenges for the Spread of Emerging Viruses (Prof. L. Kaiser, UNIGE/HUG)5m
Investigating Emerging Zoonotic Outbreaks: Importance of the One Health Approach (Dr. M. van Kerkhove, Institut Pasteur)13m
Institute Pasteur Global Network & the Fight against Emerging Infections (Dr. M. Jouan, Institut Pasteur)9m
IHR 3.0 Simulator: Improving our Response to Global Health Emergencies (Prof. A. Flahault, UNIGE)7m
Exploring Bat Population Dynamics at the Frontline of the Emergence (Dr. J. Cappelle, Institut Pasteur)12m
Exploring The Human-Bat Interface (Dr. J. Cappelle, Institut Pasteur)9m
Fight against VBDs : Global Change & the Need for an Interdisciplinary Approach (Prof. A. Flahault, UNIGE)10m
The Importance of Understanding Animal Behaviour for Global Health (Dr. R. Ruiz de Castaneda, UNIGE)10m
Bushmeat & Emerging Infectious Diseases: Joint Conservation & Health Strategies (Dr. G Mauvais, IUCN)6m
Social Anthropology of Zoonoses (Dr. T. Giles-Vernick, Institut Pasteur)8m
The Reversed Spill-over: From Humans and Domestic Animals to Wildlife (Dr. G. Mauvais, IUCN)4m
Reading12 readings
Spillover and pandemic properties of zoonotic viruses with high host plasticity10m
Taking forward a 'One Health' approach for turning the tide against the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus and other zoonotic pathogens with epidemic potential10m
The Institut Pasteur International Network: a century-old global public health powerhouse10m
The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa: A Wake-up Call to Revitalize Implementation of the International Health Regulations10m
Further Recommended Readings10m
A framework for the study of zoonotic disease emergence and its drivers: spillover of bat pathogens as a case study10m
An interdisciplinary approach to controlling chikungunya outbreaks on French islands in the south-west Indian ocean10m
Further recommended readings10m
Global patterns of influenza A virus in wild birds10m
Learn more about this hot topic: A selection of articles and press releases10m
Further Recommended Lecture and Video10m
Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife-threats to biodiversity and human health10m
Quiz11 practice exercises
Spill over of emerging pathogens2m
Investigating zoonotic outbreaks with One Health4m
Institut Pasteur and its Global Network2m
IHR & Gamification2m
Research on bat Disease Ecology2m
Tackling VBDs with transdisciplinarity2m
Animal Behaviour & Global Health2m
Bushmeat & Emerging Diseases4m
Social Anthropology & Emerging Infections2m
The Reversed Spill-over2m
Graded quiz on "Emerging Infectious Diseases"20m


2 hours to complete

Antimicrobial Resistance & Zoonotic Foodborne Infectious Diseases (Section 3)

Antimicrobial resistance is a current top priority in the Global Health agenda. In this section, you will learn about its global burden and the challenges for its control from the national to the global levels based on cross-sectoral approaches to health. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 3" for a more detailed description....
9 videos (Total 53 min), 6 readings, 7 quizzes
Video9 videos
The Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance (Dr. E. Tayler, WHO)5m
WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (Dr. E. Tayler, WHO)7m
Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal)5m
Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS) (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal) (French Version)5m
Why should we care about Multi-Resistant Bacteria? Clinical Impact & Public Health Implications (Prof. S. Harbarth, UNIGE/HUG)11m
Antimicrobial Resistance in Foodborne Infections: Importance of the One Health approach (Dr. S. Le Hello, Institut Pasteur)6m
FoodNet Canada: Why is this important? (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal)3m
FoodNet Canada: Why is this important? (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal) (French Version)4m
Reading6 readings
Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: Final report and recommendations. The review on antimicrobial resistance chaired by Jim O’Neill10m
WHO - Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance10m
Recommended Readings10m
Antimicrobial resistance: one world, one fight!10m
Use antimicrobials wisely10m
Recommended Readings10m
Quiz7 practice exercises
Antimicrobial Resistance and its threat for Global Health2m
WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance2m
CIPARS in Canada2m
Pan-drug resistant pathogens2m
Multi-drug resistant Salmonella Kentucky2m
FoodNet Canada2m
Graded quiz on "Antimicrobial Resistance & Zoonotic Foodborne Infectious Diseases"12m


3 hours to complete

Zoonotic Neglected Infectious Diseases (Section 4)

Neglected Tropical Diseases are not neglected in this MOOC and you will have here the opportunity to learn about their common determinants and the interventions and challenges to fight them. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 4" for a more detailed description....
9 videos (Total 62 min), 11 readings, 5 quizzes
Video9 videos
Neglected Tropical Diseases & Zoonosis: Challenges & Solutions (Dr. B. Abela-Ridder, WHO)14m
Towards Rabies Elimination: The case of Kuazulu-Natal (South Africa) (K. Le Roux, Dpt. of Agriculture and Rural Development, Kwazulu-Natal)6m
Major Research Challenges & Opportunities in the fight against Rabies (Dr. H. Bourhy, Institut Pasteur)10m
Research & Innovation: Examples from Institut Pasteur’s fight against Rabies (Dr. H. Bourhy, Institut Pasteur)3m
Ecodog: A One health and Ecohealth approach to Rabies (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal)4m
Ecodog: A One health and Ecohealth approach to Rabies (Prof. A. Ravel, University of Montreal) (French Version)4m
One Health fight against Leishmaniasis (Prof. Afif Ben Salah, Institut Pasteur)5m
Zoonotic Tuberculosis in the WHO End TB Strategy (Dr. M. Raviglione, Dr. A. Dean, WHO)10m
Reading11 readings
World Health Assembly (WHA) Resolutions on Neglected Tropical Diseases10m
Rescuing the bottom billion through control of neglected tropical diseases10m
Further interesting reading10m
WHO Webpages10m
Current and future tools for global canine rabies elimination10m
Laboratory diagnostics in dog-mediated rabies: an overview of performance and a proposed strategy for various settings10m
Recommended Readings10m
Leishmaniasis WHO factsheet10m
Reading to go Further: Leishmania major infection among Psammomys obesus and Meriones shawi: reservoirs of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sidi Bouzid (central Tunisia)10m
Zoonotic tuberculosis in human beings caused by Mycobacterium bovis - A call for action10m
The New Roadmap for Zoonotic Tuberculosis10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Neglected Zoonotic Diseases2m
Rabies control in Kuazulu-Natal in South Africa2m
Leishmaniasis in Tunisia2m
Zoonotic TB and WHO End TB Strategy2m
Graded quiz on "Zoonotic Neglected Infectious Diseases"12m


2 hours to complete

Conflicts & Injuries (Section 5)

So far we have mainly focused on zoonotic infections, but human-animal interactions can also involve other threats for human health. This section focuses on these conflicts and injuries, paying particular attention to snakebite and the current snakebite crisis. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 5" for a more detailed description....
6 videos (Total 32 min), 8 readings, 5 quizzes
Video6 videos
Protected Areas: How to manage Human-Wildlife-Domestic Animals Interface? (Dr. G. Mauvais, IUCN)7m
Snake-bites: A Neglected Global Health Challenge (Prof. F. Chappuis, UNIGE/HUG)12m
Snake-bites in Sub-Saharan Africa: A priority for "Doctors Without Borders" (Dr. G. Alcoba, HUG/MSF)3m
On the 9th June 2017 WHO decided to add snakebite envenoming to its list of top-priority NTDs (Comments by Dr. G. Alcoba, HUG/MSF)2m
Impact of Snake-bites in Livestock: The Case of Costa Rica (Dr. M. Herrera, Instituto Cladomiro Picado)4m
Reading8 readings
The Wild Side of Disease Control at the Wildlife-Livestock-Human Interface: A Review10m
Vipers, mambas and taipans: the escalating health crisis over snakebites10m
Snake bite in South Asia: a Review10m
The need for full integration of snakebite envenoming within a global strategy to combat the neglected tropical diseases: the way forward10m
MSF - Global Health Community Walks Away from Snakebite Crisis as Antivenom Runs Out - Press Release10m
Global Snakebite Initiative (website and video)10m
June 9th 2017, Snakebite Envenoming Back to the WHO NTD List10m
Bothrops asper envenoming in cattle: Clinical features and management using equine-derived whole IgG antivenom10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
IUCN, PAPACO & human-animal conflicts4m
Snakebite: Clinical implications2m
Snakebite as a medical priority2m
Snakebite & livestock in Costa Rica2m
Graded quiz on "Conflict and Injuries"8m
1 hour to complete

Innovation & Opportunities (Section 6)

In this section, we propose you to learn about some innovative approaches, tools, frameworks etc. that offer interesting opportunities for application in Global Health at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface: Citizen Science, Crowdsroucing, Digital Epidemiology and Big Data etc. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 6" for a more detailed description....
3 videos (Total 16 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing: Opportunities & Challenges in Health (Prof. F. Grey, UNIGE)7m
Digital Epidemiology: Opportunities & Challenges in Global Health (Prof. M. Salathe, EPFL)6m
Reading3 readings
Citizen surveillance for environmental monitoring: combining the efforts of citizen science and crowdsourcing in a quantitative data framework10m
Digital Epidemiology10m
Influenza A (H7N9) and the importance of digital epidemiology10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Citizen Science & Global Health2m
Digital Epidemiology2m
Graded quiz on "Innovation and Opportunities"4m


2 hours to complete

Health Benefits at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface (Section 7)

So far, in this course we have mainly focused on health risks. In this section, we have also tried to bring the positive impacts on health that emerge from human-animal interactions and more widely from interactions with ecosystems. You will learn about the notion of Environmental Health from a historical perspective and the importance of ecosystem services for human health, including the benefits on health of owning companion animals. Please watch video "Introduction to Section 7" for a more detailed description....
7 videos (Total 45 min), 8 readings, 6 quizzes
Video7 videos
What is Environmental Health? A Historical Overview (Dr. J. Simos, UNIGE)10m
Ecosystem Services & Health (Dr. M. Schlaepfer, UNIGE)7m
Growing with Nature: Implications for Child Health & Allergies (Dr. C. Roduit, UNIZH)5m
Biodiversity as a Source of Food for Humans and Animals: Socio-cultural Determinants of Food Habits (Dr. E. Fourat, University of Toulouse - Jean Jaures)7m
Companion Animal Ownership: Benefits for Human and Animal Health (Dr. D. Turner, Institute for Applied Ethology and Animal Psychology, Zurich)9m
Companion Animals & Economic Benefits of One Health (Dr. D. Turner, Institute for Applied Ethology and Animal Psychology, Zurich)3m
Reading8 readings
Rethinking Environmental Protection: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World10m
The environmental health practitioner: new evidence-based roles in housing, public health and well-being10m
Further readings10m
Development of atopic dermatitis according to age of onset and association with early-life exposures10m
The Hygiene Hypothesis10m
Agricultural biodiversity as a link between traditional food systems and contemporary development, social integrity and ecological health10m
Zooeyia: an essential component of One Health10m
Companion animals and human health: Benefits, challenges, and the road ahead10m
Quiz6 practice exercises
Environmental Health2m
Ecosystem Services & Health2m
Nature & Allergic Diseases and Asthma2m
Food Categories2m
Benefits of Companion Animal Ownership2m
Graded Quiz on "Health Benefits at the Human-Animal-Ecosystem Interface"10m


4 hours to complete

Management of Ecosystems under Global Changes: Implication for Human Health (section 8)

This section was created in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the goal of highlighting the importance of sustainable management of ecosystems for human health, particularly in the context of climate change. You will be introduced to core issues, challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food systems -including both agricultural biodiversity and sustainable fisheries- and human health against a backdrop of global environmental change. Differential gender impacts are also considered, with a dedicated lecture on the theme and as a cross-reference in other sub-themes. This section is introduced by the Director-General of WHO Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and by Cristina Romanelli from the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity....
11 videos (Total 85 min), 9 readings, 8 quizzes
Video11 videos
Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health (Cristina Romanelli, CBD)4m
Harnessing Biodiversity to Maximize Health Co-benefits in Agroecosystems (Dr. David Cooper, CBD)7m
Biodiversity and Human Health Linkages: Concepts, Determinants, Drivers of Change and Approaches to Integration (Dr. D. Campbell-Lendrum, WHO)8m
Global Overview of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (Dr. F. Branca, WHO)7m
Food Systems, Nutrition and Climate Change: The Need for a Cross-sectoral Approach (Ms. L. Mahy, WHO)8m
Agrobiodiversity for Healthy, Diverse Diets and Food Systems. Case Studies from Brazil, Turkey, Kenya and Sri Lanka (Dr. D. Moura, Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition)8m
Sustainable Oceans Management and Health (Dr. J. Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada)9m
Sustainable Management of Agroecosystems and Health (Dr. S. Newman, FAO)9m
The Role of Sustainably Managed Seascapes / Landscapes in Health and Nutritional Outcomes (Dr. C. Golden, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston)13m
Gender and Health in the Face of Global Environmental Change (Ms. E. Villalobos Prats, WHO)6m
Reading9 readings
Biodiversity and human health10m
United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition10m
WHO Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-202510m
Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Initiative Factsheet10m
Improving diets with wild and cultivated biodiversity from across the landscape10m
Sustainable fisheries10m
Further Readings10m
Recommended readings10m
Gender, climate change and health10m
Quiz8 practice exercises
Biodiversity and human health linkages2m
International efforts on the food systems, nutrition and climate change4m
Agrobiodiversity for healthy, diverse diets and food systems2m
Sustainable oceans management and health2m
Agroecosystems and health2m
Sustainable management of ecosystems2m
Gender and Health in the face of Global Environmental Change2m
Graded Quiz on "Management of Ecosystems under Global Changes"14m


1 hour to complete

Final Quiz

1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Quiz38m

Top Reviews

By NKJun 20th 2017

Extremely informative, and very unique in that this MOOC incorporated many diverse experts - experts who work both inside and outside the field - into the curriculum!

By NBJun 13th 2017

excellent course! Highly recommended for students and professionals. Very interesting and entertaining videos and lectures. Congratulations for the organizers



Rafael Ruiz De Castañeda

Institute of Global Health - Faculty of Medicine

Isabelle Bolon

Institute of Global Health - Faculty of Medicine

Antoine Flahault

Professor of Public Health and Director of the Institute of Global Health (Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva) and co-Director of Centre Virchow-Villermé (Université Paris Descartes)

Arnaud Fontanet (in Partnership with UNIGE)

Director Center for Global Health – Head of Emerging Diseases Epidemiology Unit

André Ravel (in Partnership with UNIGE)

Faculté de médecine vétérinaire

About University of Geneva

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