Curriculum Asset Mapping for One Health Education

Mor, Siobhan M ORCID: 0000-0003-0121-2016, Robbins, Alison H, Jarvin, Linda, Kaufman, Gretchen E and Lindenmayer, Joann M
(2013) Curriculum Asset Mapping for One Health Education. JOURNAL OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATION, 40 (4). pp. 363-369.

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The major premise of One Health is engagement of multiple disciplines to address shared problems spanning human, animal, and ecosystem health. The current model of academic specialization encourages development of isolated disciplines within the university setting, thereby creating barriers to resource sharing and academic collaboration. The aim of this project was to develop a systematic approach to mapping university assets that could be harnessed to advance One Health education. Asset in this context was defined as a course, program, or faculty expertise relevant to a particular One Health problem. The approach adopted comprised the following steps: (1) identify a current problem that would benefit from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective (e.g., EIDs [emerging infectious diseases]); (2) identify individual disciplinary teaching areas pertinent to the problem (e.g., health communication, wildlife ecology); (3) identify competencies expected to be attained by graduates who will address the problem (e.g., respond to outbreaks); (4) survey faculty members on their teaching areas and curricular offerings that address these competencies; and (5) compile responses in a database that is searchable by teaching area and competency. We discuss our recent experiences mapping the assets at Tufts University that are relevant to the problem of EIDs with emphasis on zoonotic-disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and outbreak response. Using 13 teaching areas and 16 competencies relevant to applied epidemiology, we identified and characterized previously untapped resources across the university. Asset mapping is thus a useful tool for identifying university resources and opportunities that can be leveraged to support interdisciplinary education for One Health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: One Health, interdisciplinary education, curriculum, asset mapping, emerging diseases
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 08:52
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2024 14:53
DOI: 10.3138/jvme.0313-0525R
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