Global one health case competition: Building capacity for addressing infectious threats

Carolyn M. Porta, Robert Kibuuka, Innocent B Rwego, Thierry Nyatanyi, Mapendo Mindje, Benjamin Ndayambaje, Besufekad Alemu

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Extracurricular inter-professional activities advance pre-service student skills and confidence before joining the workforce. This article describes an extracurricular model, whereby students engaged in experiential learning, and had the opportunity to challenge themselves in interprofessional groups guided by faculty and inspired by professionals in their respective fields. The Global One Health Case Competition involved students from the University of Rwanda in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, and required students in teams to address an Ebola outbreak containment and response scenario. Forty students, seven faculty coaches, and five judges participated in this event. Students gained collaborative teamwork skills as they developed comprehensive strategies for managing a response to a zoonotic disease outbreak, considering political, financial, logistical, and other factors. Faculty strengthened skills in writing complex case studies for a competition model, and in mentoring of multidisciplinary student groups. Case competition is an effective educational mechanism for building the outbreak response capacity of our future workforce before they are in their real-world professional roles responding to actual zoonotic and other infectious disease threats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Higher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2020

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Funding Information:
This article is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of the Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 One Health Workforce Project, under the terms of award no. AID-OAA-A-15-00014 and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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  • Africa
  • Capacity building
  • Ebola
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Higher education
  • Multidisciplinary
  • One health
  • Workforce development


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