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    1 Year


With escalating global health care issues, we must consider humans, animals, plants and the environment as one connected whole. The World Health Organization recently endorsed the concept of One Health. Its all about linking ideas, research and policies from multiple sectors to achieve better health outcomes.

This programme offers you a chance to be part of the exciting new field of One Health. Whether youre from a medical, environmental, economic or social science background, our world-class institute will teach you the necessary skills to improve the health of the whole ecosystem.

The programme seeks to explore an integrative approach to human, veterinary and ecological health, recognising the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations and the interconnectedness of public health, environmental issues, veterinary and human medicine. Our online One Health PgCert also raises awareness of cultural and societal factors that influence how One Health approaches are translated into practice.

The University of Glasgow is renowned for its world-changing research and teaching in One Health. Its our ongoing work in this area that inspires the innovative, multinational ideas running throughout our multidisciplinary programme. Recent research has led to eradicating rabies in Tanzania and Kenya, reducing cardiac disease in Malawi and containing the Zika virus in Colombia and Ecuador.

Guided by some of the worlds leading lecturers, you will explore the cultural and societal barriers to One Health and learn how to translate ideas into practice. 


On successful completion this programme, you will be able to:

  • Explore the value of One Health as a concept in world health
  • Understand the impact of zoonosis and infectious disease
  • Discuss aspects of One Health
  • Recognise challenges associated with One Health and formulate solutions
  • Evaluate integrated approaches within a One Health framework for improving health standards
  • Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of epidemiological, quantitative and qualitative research methods as applied to a One Health framework
  • Appraise the interdependence of human, veterinary, public and ecological health 
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and priorities in the field of One Health 
  • Explain emerging disease dynamics and discuss the management of emerging disease threats 
  • Critically discuss the integrated interventions required to improve access to health care. 
  • Apply a One Health approach to theoretical and/or practical situations 
  • Explain the causation, pathogenesis, clinical features, diagnosis, management, and control of relevant infectious diseases within a One Health framework 
  • Appraise epidemiological approaches used to understand the health of animal and human populations
  • Interpret and discuss research within a One Health framework 


The One Health programme is designed for medical and veterinary professionals interested in furthering careers in science, and graduates in other related disciplines intending to work in a One Health framework. The courses modular structure gives you the flexibility to choose a line of study to suit your interests or career goals, covering a number of science and health-related fields.

Fuelled by the latest research-led knowledge, this programme is perfect for busy professionals looking to diversify or expand into careers where understanding the bigger picture is key.

Career prospects for graduates of the One Health programme are broad. For example, graduates would be qualified to pursue an academic career (PhD) in One Health and associated subjects (such as zoonotic diseases, public health, antimicrobial resistance, and health economics), or they may be employed by: 

  • International health organisations (such as the WHO, FAO, OIE)
  • Local agencies 
  • Government agencies (such as DFID or public health sector) 
  • Non-governmental organisations. 
  • Other career paths include working for bio-technology and pharmaceutical companies or scientific journals.


You will explore and examine the value of the One Health framework, while introducing zoonoses and infectious diseases.

The duration of this programme is 1 year - 2 years taken on a part-time basis. For details on full-time options request more information to speak to an admissions representative.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

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Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. You must have a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution, or an equivalent qualification if you have studied outside the UK
  2. International students: applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band (listening, reading, writing, speaking) or an equivalent English language qualification (e.g. TOEFL iBT, CAE, CPE, PTE Academic or Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English)

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online for this programme. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s), if you have already completed your degree
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (if detailed above)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
23 Aug 2019
23 Sep 2019

Key Dates International

Application Deadline
Start Date
23 Aug 2019
23 Sep 2019

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £5,000*
  • International: £5,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?

Part-time fees 1,667 per 20 credits

Fees for NHS-funded students:

September 2019 entry: 939 per 20 credits (Total: 2,817)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.

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