K-State Olathe offering summer One Health course to high school students

March 11, 2016


High school juniors and seniors can enroll in a One Health focused online summer course through Kansas State University Olathe.

OLATHE — This summer Kansas State University Olathe is introducing high school students to the college experience and a growing health initiative.

"One Health Summer Online Course 2016" is a free, noncredit, three-week course for high school juniors and seniors interested in the biosciences. The course runs June 1-22 and focuses on One Health— a multidisciplinary health approach in which human health, animal health and the environment are linked and affect each other. It is designed to introduce the students to the One Health concept, related careers and online learning.

"Students this age have many obligations and interests, including family, sports, performances and recitals, friends and work," said Martha Nowak, program coordinator of K12 education and the course's instructor. "Because a majority of this course is online, students can explore how an online college course fits in their life as they approach the college experience and to the One Health principles."

Nowak and Paige Adams, research assistant professor, developed the course.

During its three weeks, the course will cover the topics of diseases shared between animals and humans, food safety and environment issues affecting humans, and the health of the ecosystem. Each week students will complete an online module consisting of an assignment, video, quiz and message board discussion. One of the modules contains an online career survey that matches student interests with possible careers and detailed STEM-career recommendations.

The first and final classes will be in person at the Olathe campus. In the first class, students will be paired into groups. After collaborating online for the three weeks, each group will give a short presentation about a One Health topic introduced in the course.

For more information, including registration, visit http://bit.ly/1RbMmak.