One Health Training Program at Duke University AND Detecting Novel Respiratory Viruses that Emerge from the Human-Animal Interface in the Philippines and Pakistan.
One Health Training Program: Each fall, students will be nominated by U.S. government representatives from sponsoring organizations (DoD, DoS, etc.) who will then be invited to submit applications to Duke as post-baccalaureate students. The application involves submission of official transcript(s), a statement of purpose, a resume, TOEFL scores (as appropriate), and a One Health Training Program Application Form. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required to apply, with translated and certified transcripts demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or foreign equivalent. Consistent with requirements of the Duke Graduate School, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required of applicants for whom English is a second language. Once received, applications will then be reviewed and scored by an admissions committee. Duke One Health staff will work with admitted students to obtain visas, complete online training courses, and obtain student health insurance. Staff will also coordinate housing, international and local travel prior to trainee arrival. Upon completion of the program a completion certificate will be awarded after a student successfully completes 9 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or more. Summer Courses On-campus in an Intensive Format: The curriculum will consist of four One Health on-campus courses including 1) Introduction to the One Health Approach, 2) Public Health Laboratory Techniques, 3) An Introduction to Entomology, Zoonotic Diseases, and Food Safety, and 3) An Introduction to Environmental Health.
**The Pakistan & Philippines projects:**
This project will train Pakistani/Philippine life-scientists to detect novel and emerging BEP priority diseases that arise from the human-animal interface in Pakistan and the Philippines. Trainees will receive lectures in conducting surveillance and planning secure, safe, and effective interventions against biological WMD including pathogens causing: anthrax, plague, tularemia, Ebola, and other agents on NIH category A list. Under this program, professionals from participating university institutes (e.g. public or veterinary health sectors), chosen in close coordination with BEP, will receive one week of intensive training on the One Health approach, epidemiology methods, and culture free diagnostics of several BEP priority viruses. Key training site elements will include lecture and virology laboratory facilities. Possible sites where we have strong collaborations include Duke-NUS Singapore, the national public health laboratories in the Republic of Georgia, or other location to be identified in close coordination with BEP. After participants complete the training course, they will be remotely mentored to develop surveillance programs over a period of 11 months to develop novel virus detection techniques. The training and follow-up program will be designed to help the trainees establish a sustainable surveillance program for novel agent detection while building long-term
collaborative relationships between in-country academic animal and human health sectors, as well as with international partners. After the training, Duke will provide trainees with appropriate laboratory startup kits, quality assurance panels, and further remote training in their home country. These kits will be procured in close coordination with BEP. During the 11 months of their surveillance program, the team will collect and analyze samples. The scientists will work together to perform molecular detection algorithms for the identification of newly emerging biological threats. Duke University will follow all necessary U.S. and international regulations to facilitate this scientific collaboration.