Graduate Seminar

OneHealth Graduate Seminar


Global health problems are complex and require culturally-sensitive, socially-acceptable, and action-oriented approaches to create practical and cost-effective solutions using a case-based format. This course will examine major health problems created by the convergence of human, animal, and environmental influences.

The focus will be on health consequences in three categories

  • Zoonotic and infectious diseases, such as malaria, avian influenza, and tuberculosis;
  • Diarrheal, respiratory, and environmental diseases resulting from a broad range of environmental contaminants created primarily by industrial and agricultural pollution; and
  • Problems related to food production and access, including malnutrition, food safety, and resulting diseases.

Professors Patricia Conrad (UC Davis, Veterinary Medicine), Michael Wilkes (UC Davis, Human Medicine), and Anil Deolaliker (UC Riverside, Economics) lead this innovative, multi-disciplinary “One Health” course for a select group of global health-minded graduate students, residents, and fellows. Scientists and policy experts will be brought together to transcend their disciplines and teach collaboratively to investigate global health challenges. This course will ideally serve to lay the groundwork for a series of global health courses that could, if taken together, lead to a certificate in Global Health or One Health.


The course is offered once annually during April and early May.  Classes will require formal registration (no special fees) through Lao Thao:   / 916.734-4121. Sessions take place Mondays and Wednesdays 5.30pm-7.30pm; one hundred percent attendance is required.  Students can attend at designated sites on the Sacramento, Davis, and Riverside campuses; a group of NMAIST students from Arusha, Tanzania will also participate. 


  • One Health problem-solving frameworks
  • The veterinary perspective
  • The human nutrition perspective
  • The human health perspective
  • The economics of global health
  • Novel approaches to area wide vector control in the uncertainty of climate change
  • Water and health
  • Ethical global health issues