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.

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.

Please read the One Health programme flyer.

On-line module 6 May - 7 June 2019
On-campus module 11 - 16 August 2019
Exam 16 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

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.

You must be able to read and write English at a scientific level.

How is the course structured?

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.

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.

How do I apply?

You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this webpage.

The online application form will be available on this web page mid-January 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

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.

How much is the tuition fee?

You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.

You are a student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH,  and the course has already been approved for your study programme. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of your Erasmus+ exchange semester (min. 3 months stay). Please note the different application procedure for DTU exchange students.

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

Fee-paying participants:

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

EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. 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.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately,  the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Contact information

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

Course administration: Liza Rosenbaum Nielsen

Course responsible: Maria Vang Johansen, UCPH, and 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.


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).

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