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Course Description

Hands-on learning topics:

  • Epidemiology
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • Biological complexity
  • Biosecurity
  • Laboratory & research methods
  • Food safety & security
  • Conservation
  • Communications
  • Translating research to policy
  • Community engagement
  • Ethics
  • Teamwork & leadership 

The Rx One Health Field Institute inspires ecosystem health stewardship in future leaders through a carefully curated curriculum weaving themes across a host of disciplines including ecology, epidemiology, conservation, and leadership.

The institute provides a multi-faceted experiential learning opportunity for early career professionals and graduate students through innovative, experiential learning from leading researchers in some of the world’s most unique ecosystems. 

In 2021, Rx One Health will take place in California, moving from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to coastal ecosystems in the Carmel River valley on the central coast of California.   The course will begin and end on the campus of University of California, Davis, in Davis, CA.  Participants should plan to arrive in Davis on Sunday, July 11; we will return to campus the afternoon of Saturday July 24, when participants will depart. 

A field-based course, participants should be prepared for a few days of camping in the Sierra Nevada! 


COVID-19 has changed the way we all live and learn - and continually offers new challenges.  The Rx One Health organizers are committed to making every effort to safely hold the course in 2021, and are developing extensive COVID-19 plans, informed by science, university, state and county guidelines.  However, we all know these change and evolve, and it is hard to predict what the COVID-19 situation may look like by July 2021.    Participants should plan to arrive to the course with certificate of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours upon arrival to the UC Davis campus.  All participants will have to submit to the course organizers their personal plans for quarantine in the event of an early course departure or cancelation in the event of issues related to COVID-19.  Upon arrival to campus on Sunday, July 11, all participants and faculty will have another COVID-19 test (cost and logistics covered by the course fees) - and strict social distancing, masking, hand hygiene, daily symptom monitoring, and any other University or County mandated practices will be followed.  Participants will be staying in single dorm rooms while on the UC Davis campus.  Pending establishment of a COVID-19 negative "bubble,"  the course medical advisor will determine if, when, and how social distancing and masking requirements may be relaxed.   Full COVID-19 plans and policies will be shared with all admitted participants.   For participants traveling from out of state, out of country, and/or arriving by air travel, additional pre-course quarantine and or testing requirements may exist and will be discussed and decided on a case-by-case basis. 


Course Structure

The first portion of the institute consists of immersive experiences integrated across the thematic modules of:

  1. One Health Foundations & Leadership
  2. Zoonotic Disease & Biosecurity
  3. Human Health
  4. Food Security, Agriculture & Nutrition
  5. Wildlife Conservation
  6. Environmental Health & Conservation
  7. Research Methods & Implementation

The final few days challenges participants to apply One Health concepts to propose new research questions and/or solutions for real-world challenges they identified through community engagement and activities in a capstone experience.

Over the course of the program, participants train on the principles of One Health—the approach that recognizes that the health of people, animals, and their environments are interconnected, and that problem solving to address health challenges is best achieved through transdisciplinary collaboration. Participants will hone their scientific, critical thinking and leadership skills, build relationships with each other, develop cultural competencies, expand their professional network, widen perspectives, and engage with faculty members and institute lecturers.