Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
One Health Microbiology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written report  2500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written report  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Explain the one health concept.

Critically evaluate research and developments in One Health Microbiology.

Discuss examples of zoonotic disease.

Compare and contrast the types and structures of the major bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses involved in infectious disease.

Suggest and justify disease control strategies.

Brief description

The One Health approach acknowledges the relationship between health and disease at the human, animal, insect vector and environment interfaces. It has become an important focus in both medical and veterinary science with the recognition that health is influenced by the presence of both beneficial and harmful microorganisms. This module explores these concepts and provides students with a broad range of relevant examples while enabling them to perform research relevant to their degree scheme.


The module begins with an introduction to the ‘one health’ concept. Bacterial, viral and eukaryotic pathogens will be discussed with examples of transmission between domestic and wild animals and the human population. This will include discussion of the pathogenesis and control of disease. Examples of established zoonotic diseases as well as emerging infectious diseases with an animal origin and/or associated with habitat destruction such as Ebola will be used as case studies. Practices such as the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in livestock production and the impact of antimicrobial resistance on the human population will be discussed. The module will also enable students to develop an understanding of the value of epidemiology and its application in investigation of disease outbreaks. Human behaviours and the role of climate in disease will also be included as further examples.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This will be developed and assessed through practicals.
Communication Students will be required to listen effectively in lectures. Students will need to communicate effectively in practicals and in assessed work.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to use resources available through Blackboard and to take responsibility for managing their time to submit work on time.
Information Technology Coursework will be word processed.
Personal Development and Career planning Beyond what is already mentioned above, this is not an element of this module, however the students will be expected to relate the material to their chosen degree scheme.
Problem solving Practicals and the assessment of these will involve solving a variety of problems.
Research skills Research will be required in producing the coursework and in preparation for the exam.
Subject Specific Skills Practical techniques and core knowledge of transmission, pathogenesis, epidemiology and control of infectious diseases.
Team work Students will be required to work together in the practicals.


This module is at CQFW Level 5