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One Health – Human and Animal Public Health

Master Degree

Course Overview

What is One Health? One Health is a working methodology that aims to implement procedures capable of promoting collaboration between different sectors, thereby promoting the health of all of us and of our surroundings (public health). The One Health concept is not new, and the practice of many human and animal health professionals all over the world already reflect this concept. The tendency towards clinical specialization has led us to neglect the different connections that exist between human and animal populations and the influence of the environment on health. Nowadays, the mobility of people, animals and goods entangles routes, distances, cultures and methods of plant and animal production. The pattern of pathogen transmission is increasingly complex, constituting one of the biggest current global health challenges. Responses like having teams of clinicians waiting for calamitous scenarios are increasingly expensive and impracticable. The appropriate and cost effective solution lies in preventing such a scenarios. This is only possible by understanding unravelling and interpreting the different signals that allow for event prediction, enabling the termination of the transmission chain of the unwanted event. The United Nations (UN), through its various bodies, has already adopted One Health working methodology. However, training in the area is still scarce. This master's degree is designed to provide the main tools for the student to excel in the complexity of surveillance of communicable diseases between humans and animals.
Course in Association/Partner Institutions:
  • NOVA - Medical School
Organic Unit: School of Science and Technology
Duration: 4 Semesters/120 ECTS credits (60 required in curricular units)
Language: Portuguese
Regime: Day classes

Career Prospects

At Local, Regional, National and International level • Bodies responsible for wildlife promotion and protection • Bodies responsible for zoonosis control in both human and animal health institutions • Bodies responsible for promoting public health • Health policy development bodies • Environment and climate change bodies • Global trade / food security bodies • Urbanism and sanitation bodies • Research • Teaching - Academic career

Specific Entry Requirements

• Holders of a Bachelor's degree or legal equivalent in the health field or related to it, namely medicine, veterinary, sociology, nursing, biology, sanitation engineering and other related areas. • Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, in the areas mentioned above, conferred following a first cycle of studies, organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process • Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized by the Scientific Council of the Host Institution, as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Access Routes and Applications

Tuition Fees

Annual Tuition Fees

2500.00 €

Course Committee

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Contact Information

Director: Manuela Vilhena []

Academic Manager: Maria João Doutor Zorro
Academic Services (online): SAC.ONLINE