One Health – transformation for sustainability - hybrid summer course

One Health is an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals, and ecosystems. It recognizes the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and interdependent.

Tools on how to deal and work with this complexity will be presented during the course through lectures, case studies and workshops.

Brief info about the course 

Last date to apply: 25 April, 2024

Course fee for non EU/EES students: 12 000 SEK excluding VAT

Maximum number of participants: 25 

The course is a joint offering from the University Alliance Stockholm Trio (Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Stockholm University) in collaboration with Stockholm School of Economics and Uppsala University. It is hosted by the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, (LIME) at Karolinska Institutet.

About the course

The One Health approach mobilizes multiple sectors, disciplines, and communities at varying levels of society to work together to foster well-being and tackle threats to health and ecosystems, while addressing the collective need for healthy food, water, energy, and air, taking action on climate change and contributing to sustainable development. 

The One Health hybrid summer course is designed to combine the best from e-learning with the best from on-campus learning. It is a collaboration including Stockholm Trio, Stockholm School of Economics and Uppsala University.  This course is aimed for you who would like to understand the one health approach through innovative, cross-sectorial and systematic devlopement.

The approach will be put into practice using the 4Cs; communication collaboration, coordination, and capacity building according to Theory of Change. 

Figure: One Health toward a sustainable healthy future as developed by One Health High-Level Expert Panel.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued a certificate. This course is non-credit (no ECTS are awarded). 

Learning objectives

After the course, the participants will


be able to:

  • Understand the One Health Theory of Change concept and its cross-sectorial approaches
  • Know and be able to describe One Health cases


be able to:

  • Understand the need for systems thinking in relation to One Health 
  • Discuss and respond hypothetical One Health issues
  • Identify barriers and enablers in One Health implementation
  • Identify the roles, responsibilities and needs of key stakeholders in One Health challenges


be able to:

  • Identify challenges that need One Health approaches

Target group  

Master students from EU/EES universities as well as decision makers in Stockholm Region or in other relevant organisations and  professionals working e.g. in:

  • public health
  • food and/or veterinary science
  • administration 
  • agricultural industry
  • food industry

Course content  

The course is composed of two modules: a 1-week e-learning module, 3-7 June and a 1-week on-campus module in Stockholm, Karolinska Institutet 10-14 June.  The e-learning module consists of assignments combining lectures, quizzes, exercises, and on-line discussions. There will be a balanced focus on knowledge sharing and theoretical and practical exercises and discussions.

During the on-campus part, One Health concepts and approaches are presented and discussed through case-work in small groups, e.g., disease surveillance, source identification, risk assessment, prevention, and control models. Experiences from the course participants’ own contexts and countries are included when possible.

Case-study topics may include antimicrobial resistance, meat production and consumption, pandemic viral diseases, mycotoxins and parasitic zoonoses. The case-studies are facilitated by experts within a range of topics of relevance for One Health.

The course participants are expected to be present and actively contribute to the course topics and group work throughout the week. There are group presentations after some of the exercises that constitute part of the examination of the students. The second week will be concluded with a final assignment including presentations.

Time and venue


3 June - 14 June , 2024

1 week e-learning module between 3 June and 7 June.

1 week on-campus module in Stockholm, Karolinska Institutet between 10 June and 14 June.

Participation in both modules is mandatory. 

Venue for the campus module

Room "Insikten", Karolinska Institutet Campus Solna, Tomtebodavägen 18 A, Stockholm, Sweden. 


You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a master's programme at a university within the EU/EES. 

If you are not an enrolled MSc student at a university within the EU/EES, a tuition fee will be charged and can be commissioned only by a legal entity - an organisation, company or the equivalent. The fee for the summer course is 12 000 SEK (twelve thousand SEK) excluding VAT (Value-added tax). VAT may be added to all prices, contact us for more information.

Please note that the fee does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation, meals or living expenses during the course.

Course management and lecturers

Leading experts from Stockholm Trio, Stockholm School of Economics, Uppsala University, international universities and organizations, media, and the private sector.

Ranjula Bali, Research Director, Center for Sustainability Research, SIR, SSE; Professor, Department of Economics, Södertörn University

Erica Bjerström, journalist, global climate correspondent at SVT, Sweden

Dr. John Bosco Isunju, One Health Africa Network, Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda

Magnus Breitholtz, professor, Stockholm University

Solvig Ekblad, Licensed psychologist, Region Stockholm,  professor, Karolinska Institutet

Vipat Kuruchittham, Executive director, Southeast Asia One Health University Network SEAOHUN

Johanna Lindahl, associate professor, Uppsala University

Kristina von Oelreich, Sustainability manager, Royal Institute of Technology, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH)

Ole Petter Ottersen, professor, Oslo University

Reiner Sauerborn, professor, Heidelberg University

Jim Skea, professor of Sustainable energy, Imperial College, chair of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC

Tanja Tomson, associate professor, Karolinska Institutet 

Responsible department

Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME) at Karolinska Institutet. 

Entry requirements 

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent 
  • Good proficiency in English
  • Basic knowledge in public health, food and/or veterinary science or administration as well as in the agricultural or food industry


The admission period is open between 1 March - 25 April, 2024*.

Please note that the course has limited enrollment. Spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, some of the spots in the course are reserved for students from universities within the EU/EES.  

PhD students and Post Docs that are not enrolled in a master program are welcome to apply but admission is then subject to availability.

In the application form, we ask you to write a motivation where you clarify your reasons for wanting to participate in the course.  

*Please note that the application deadline has been extended until 25 April 2024. 

Offered jointly by the University Alliance Stockholm Trio.

More information

Questions to the Course Director:  

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Tanja Tomson

Principal Researcher

Administrative questions: 

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Christina Bäckman

Project Coordinator