Rx One Health (RxOH) is a summer institute designed to provide a “prescription” for advanced students and early career professionals to prepare them for immediate engagement in global health careers that will demand effective problem-solving skills, cross-disciplinary engagements, and solid foundations in field and laboratory activities. Since 2017 RxOH has provided competency-based training for over 40 students from four continents in One Health and Planetary Health principles and approaches. The 4-week, experiential course in East Africa develops participants’ skills for addressing complex challenges in disease transmission, epidemiology, biological complexity, biosecurity, food safety and security, ecosystem dynamics, laboratory and research methods, communications, community engagement, ethics, teamwork and leadership.
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. Through hands-on, practical learning experiences, case studies, lectures, group discussions and field exercises, the Rx One Health program develops participants’ skills for addressing complex challenges using a One Health approach. Through these activities and experiences, participants will construct an understanding of One Health as an organizing principle, perspective, and approach. During the last week the course will challenge participants to apply foundational One Health concepts and core competencies to propose new research questions and/or solutions for real-world One Health challenges.