Animal Health, World Trade, and Food Safety - OIE

Course Code: FSC 817

Credits: 3 credits

This course will provide students with an overview of the workings of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), animal health, world trade, and food safety. Students will gain working skills and knowledge for use in real world situations.  Successful mastery of the concepts of world animal health, world trade, food safety and the OIE requires a thorough grounding in fundamental, “grass-roots” disease transmission principles. These disease transmission principles will be thoroughly discussed in our weekly discussion forums.

International animal health is a "pyramidal" subject with the implication that new material is usually built upon older previously learned material. You will need to have a good grasp of and be able to integrate many of the concepts of food laws and regulations into animal health. The course syllabus is subject to change each semester but generally covers the following topics:

  • Intro to global livestock health policies
  • 20th century progress and change in animal health
  • Shaping of livestock health policy and trade: risk based trade decisions
  • Components of effective livestock health infrastructure
  • International livestock health standards and standard setting organizations: OIE, USDA, WTO
  • Understanding OIE: development and adoption of OIE standards
  • World trade and the World Bank – capacity building
  • World trade, open borders and food safety
  • Challenges facing livestock health policy in the 21st century
  • Strategies for effective livestock health policy action – OIE
  • Future and who will be the leaders
  • Future challenges and opportunities

This course is offered in the fall semester. 

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