One Health

The international summer course in One Health aims to provide knowledge, skills and competences regarding efficient solutions to the multifaceted global challenges to human, animal and environmental health through cross-disciplinary research, education and collaboration between relevant institutions and stakeholders. The summer course focuses on zoonoses, emerging diseases, and emerging health-related problems (drug resistance, toxins, pollution, etc.) as well as systems approaches for effective solutions to the challenges.

The course provides a critical overview of the methods used in the One Health approach by drawing on the successful Danish and international achievements characterized by a transdisciplinary collaboration between public authorities and administrations, research institutions, industry sectors as well as citizen engagement.

The course is relevant for people with many different scientific backgrounds (including both natural and social sciences as well as humanities) either currently studying at master or PhD level or as continuing education for professionals interested in the One Health topics and transdisciplinary approaches.

Why One Health

The One Health approach seeks to improve the health and wellbeing for humans, animals and the environment through innovative, cross-sectorial, and systematic development. One Health not only implies involvement of different sciences, but is also an approach which encourages coordination, communication, data and information sharing and joint efforts between the involved parties.

In many countries, this requires development of new ways of handling challenges such as food security and safety, emerging and endemic zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial and drug resistance, climate change and different types of environmental pollutants.

Denmark has a long tradition of using One Health approaches and has long-term experience pursuing good solutions to several of these challenges. Therefore the collaboration between the two organising universities offers an outstanding environment for the One Health International Summer Course.

On-line module

27 May - 30 June 2024

On-campus module 14 - 22 August 2024
Exam 22 August 2024

Credit points: 5 ECTS




The One Health International Summer Course is designed to combine the best from e-learning with the best from on-campus learning.

The course is composed of two modules: a 5-week e-learning module in June-July and a 1-week on-campus module in Copenhagen in mid-August.

The e-learning module consists of weekly assignments combining lectures, quizzes, exercises and on-line discussions.

During the on-campus part, One Health concepts and approaches are presented and discussed through case-work in small groups, e.g. disease surveillance, source identification, risk assessment, prevention and control models and experiences from the course participants’ own countries are included when possible.

Case-study topics may include antimicrobial resistance, meat production and consumption, pandemic viral diseases, mycotoxins and parasitic zoonoses. The case-studies are facilitated by experts within a range of topics of relevance for One Health.

The course participants are expected to be present and actively contribute to the course topics and group work throughout the week and there are group presentations after some of the exercise that constitute part of the evaluation of the students. The on-campus week will be concluded with a written examination.

Social Programme
The summer course in One Health offers a social programme as part of the on-campus module. Previous years the social programme has included elements such as:

  • A casual welcome reception
  • A pizza dinner
  • A walk through the city
  • A canal tour in Copenhagen

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database





The application deadline was 1 April 23:59 (CEST). Please note, that we do not accept late applications.

Upon submitting your application, you receive an e-mail receipt. Please keep this for future reference. Make sure to check your spam filter, if you do not receive the receipt.

You will receive the result of your application 3 - 4 weeks after the application deadline.

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If you are a PhD student enrolled at DTU or an exchange student from a DTU-partner university, you need to apply through a different application form (not currently available). MSc students from DTU must apply through the ordinary application form.













If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course administration: Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen

Course director: Tine Hald, DTU.



Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Read more on our webside about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.

Read more on DTU webside about the Technical University of Denmark.






The One Health International Summer Course is offered in collaboration between University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) promoting transdisciplinary approaches in the field of public health, food and veterinary science, and associated applied technical and social sciences.

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