Veterinarians have an increasingly important role to play in addressing the grand global challenges of the 21st century, particularly in areas such as infectious disease control, antimicrobial resistance, food security and global health. An increasing human population, urbanization, increasing demand for livestock products and climate change will place greater pressures on the environment, human and animal health and livelihoods. Tackling these challenges effectively will require multidisciplinary approaches with consideration given to the broader systems that encompass health. The veterinary student education must reflect these global challenges and equip the next generation of veterinarians with the knowledge and skills required to tackle these problems and contribute to the changing needs of society. There has been a growing recognition of the need for improved veterinary education related to issues of global importance,,,.
This international elective (Global Health Research Project) will allow students to develop an understanding of methodological approaches and techniques used in global health research, including qualitative field work, quantitative surveys, experimental designs, intervention trials, and program evaluation. This elective will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks and collaborations. This elective is a required component of the Certificate in Global Health.
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