Animal Heath, World Trade, and Food Safety:  Challenges and Opportunities (OIE)

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WELCOME to the preview of the Animal Heath, World Trade, and Food Safety [OIE - World Organisation for Animal Health] course. This is a 3-credits, graduate or undergraduate level, Internet-based, college course offered by Michigan State University. This course is designed for anyone interested in the global animal health situation and its relationship to international trade in animals and animal products.
This course is one in a series of Internet-based, food law courses comprising our International Food Law Certificate Program at Michigan State University.  

The Lead Instructor for this course is Dr. Scott Haskell. He is joined by a number of distinguished guest instructors from the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health), the World Trade Organization (WTO), The World Bank, former Chief Veterinary Officers and other highly qualified experts from government services and academia. There is also a Course Manager, Mary Anne Verleger, who will be your primary contact throughout the course and will be available to help with any and all concerns regarding this course.

Course Objective:

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the history, development and workings of the OIE, with particular emphasis on its role as the organization responsible for setting international standards for animal health and zoonoses, and attention to its new mandates for animal welfare and food safety.

The development of new standards and the revision of existing standards in the OIE Codes and Manuals are tasks for one of the OIE Specialist Commissions. The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code and the Aquatic Animal Health Code contain standards, guidelines and recommendations designed to prevent the introduction of infectious agents and diseases pathogenic to animals and humans into the importing country during trade in animals, animal genetic material and animal products.

Course Design:

The course is taught in a series of sections or “Modules”.  Each Module lasts one week and represents a specific topic or issue.  Modules will be uploaded on Monday morning.  You will have one week to read the materials and complete the assignment, which is located at the end of the Module.  Once uploaded, the Modules will remain online throughout the duration of the course, so you can always go back in case you miss a week.  

Here’s a sample Index of the Modules in this course, which may change each semester - NOTE THIS COURSE ONLY MAY REQUIRE THE PURCHASE OF A TEXT BOOK.


Module One  Getting Started in a Web Course - 
Overview of Course
Scott Haskell, Lead Instructor
Mary Anne Verleger, Course Manager
Module Two OIE History, Objectives and Operations
Bernard Vallat, Director General OIE
World Organisation for Animal Health
Module Three International Trade and World Animal Health
Gretchen Stanton
World Trade Organization
Module Four Development and Adoption of OIE standards
Alex Thiermann, OIE Code Commission
Module Five Content and Implementation of Standards
Sarah Kahn
International Trade Department
Module Six FMD as a model for risk-based trade decision
James Scudamore, UK
Module Seven OIE’s Animal Health Information System
Karim Ben Jebara
Information Department
Module Eight Risk Analysis
Cristobal Zepeda
Module Nine Animal Production Food Safety
Veronique Bellemain
The National School of Veterinary Services
Module Ten International Animal Welfare
David Bayvel
Module Eleven The World Bank on Capacity Building
Francois G. Le Gall
The World Bank
Module Twelve Aquatic Animal Health
Eva-Maria Bernoth
Module Thirteen Future International Challenges and Opportunities
Lonnie King, Dean
The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Module Fourteen

Course Review
Scott Haskell, Lead Instructor

Class Participation and Assignments:

Class participation is accomplished by means of Internet communication technologies, such as class discussion boards. Your assignments will be due the following Monday and can be submitted automatically using our Course Assignment Drop Box feature or by email, fax or regular mail.  Grades are posted electronically and sent to you by email.


It takes an average of nine to twelve hours per week to complete a module.  You simply go online at the beginning of each week or whenever it is convenient for you and a new module will be waiting.  Read the materials, explore the hyperlinked and other Internet-based resources, and complete the assignment.

What if you’re called out of town for a week or are otherwise unable to access or complete a module within the one week time limit?  Time extensions can be granted; and, if you give us a bit of notice, the course materials can be provided to you in advance.  Fourteen weeks later, you have completed the course!

We offer eight other courses online in addition to this one: Codex Alimentarius (The Food Code), the overview course in International Food Laws and Regulations and the region-specific courses covering Food Regulation in the United States, European Union, Latin America, Canada and Asia.  New Summer Semester 2013 is our course on Global Risk Regulation:  Focus on Food Safety.  All basically follow the same format. 

If you are looking for a convenient way to continue your education and are interested in or need information regarding Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety and the OIE and its influence on global trade, this is the course for you. 

Just click here [How to Enroll] to view a sample copy of the Application and to receive instructions on how to enroll directly online. 

We hope you will join us fall semester!

This course is only offered fall semesters.

For more information, see the Course Schedule

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