MSc in One Health Molecular Biology
This course focuses on practical skills and a thorough understanding on how to apply molecular biology to One health – an emerging discipline which promotes collaboration between the veterinary and medical professions.
It has been desiigned to train a new generation of African researchers to address the heavy burden and threat of emerging infectious diseases in Africa. The aim is to help generate discoveries which can potentially be translated into diagnostics or control methods to improve human and animal health.
Applicants for the course requre a basic degree in medicine, veterinary science, or a basic degree in bilogical sciences with a professional interest in health.
The course is administered by the Southern African Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance (SACIDS) at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro Tanzania
Upon completion of the MSc in One Health Molecular Biology, researchers will be highly- skilled professionals able to:
Demostrate knowledge and understanding of molecular biology techniques and their applications in the detection, identification and monitoring of infectious diseases of humans and animals
Demonstrate specialist knowledge for understanding how prophylactic or curative treatments or therapies for diseases may be developed through molecular research of host and pathogen genomes
Devise molecular biological approaches to find newer ways that will improve the health of humans, animals and our environment
Join international PhD programes or secure employment in academic and research institutions
The two-year full-time MSc course comprises a taught component during the first year of study and an individual research project leading to a dissertation during the second year.
Semester I. Students undertake the following core courses:
- Research Methods
- Statistics and data management
- Advanced molecular biology
- Immunology of infectious diseases
- One Health medicine
- Comparative genomics and bioinformatics
- Techniques in molecular and cellular biology
- Pathogen evolution and emerging infectious diseases
In addition students are able to choose at least on elective course of their professional interests
Semester II. Students receive mentoring to develop a research proposal, which must be presented to an academic panel for approval. The research proposals will be related, as far as possible, to One health themes identified in the main SACIDS framework, and will address:
- Pathogen biology
- Host pathogen interactions
- Detection, identification and surveillance of disease
- Biodiversity or environmental determinants of One Health
During the second year, the learning process will be pro-active and will include literature review, intensive laboratory work, statistical analysis and writing a dissertation.