One Health International Summer Course – University of Copenhagen

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.).

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 widely cross-disciplinary collaboration between public authorities, public administrations, research bodies and industry sectors.

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

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Course structure and teaching methods

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 May-June 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, mornings are used for presenting and discussing One Health concepts and approaches, e.g. disease surveillance, source identification, risk assessment, prevention and control models, all illustrated by practical examples.

Afternoons are mainly spent working in case-based cross-disciplinary groups. Case-study topics may include antimicrobial resistance, meat production and consumption, pandemic influenza, mycotoxins and parasitic zoonoses. The case-studies are facilitated by experts within a range of topics of relevance for One Health. The on-campus week will be concluded with an oral examination, where the case-study groups present their work for each other and a panel of evaluators.

Credits and form of exam

Credits: 5 ECTS

Evaluation of oral presentation and discussion of case. Online self-assessment of e-learning module.

Marking scale: pass/fail


The summer course is open to Danish and International students with a completed BSc Degree. The course is offered as a master’s course and is also open to PhD students and postgraduates. The language of instruction is English. A good command of English is therefore required.

Application procedures

The online application form will be available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 2018.

Application form for DTU PhD students and students from DTU partner universities

If you are a PhD student enrolled at DTU or any kind of student from a DTU-partner university, you need a different application form (not currently available). MSc students from DTU should NOT use this link, but the one to the upper right.

Tuition  fee

Participants exempted from payment:

Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.

Students enrolled in certain programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

Fee paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 5000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2018. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.


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Who are we?

The One Health International Summer Course is offered in collaboration between University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and is part of the "Food Sciences Copenhagen (FoSCo)" strategic collaboration, which promotes interdisciplinary scientific excellence in the field of public health, food and veterinary science, and associated technical and life sciences.

Organisers and lecturers are mainly from UCPH and DTU. There will also be speakers well-known in their fields from other research institutions and international organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Additional information

About Food Science Copenhagen:
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About Technical University of Denmark:

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.

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

For more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

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 interprogrammatic development. One Health not only implies involvement of different sciences, but is also an approach which encourages coordination, communication, data 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 is among the world leading in pursuing good solutions to several of these challenges. Therefore the collaboration between the two universities offers an outstanding environment for the One Health International Summer Course.