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MyOHUN 2018


Malaysia One Health University Network

Indohun 2018

Improving the Quality of One Health Education in Malaysia through Understanding of Real-World Applications

Conventional classroom-based education has been utilized for decades. While time-tested, the approach can sometimes be limiting, especially by confining students to their classroom when they need experience in dealing with problems in diverse environments. During Problem-Based Learning sessions (PBL), for example, solely utilizing the classroom environment, which is often based on theoretical learning, ultimately limits their creative and practical abilities to solve complex One Health problems. To address this limitation, Professor Dr. Mohd. Hezmee Mohd Noor and Dr. Tengku Rinalfi Putra Tengku Azizan from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Putra Malaysia had the bold idea to take PBL out of the classroom and put it into the real world to better serve student’s needs. As such, they developed the “In Situ One Health PBL” learning model. In Situ One Health PBL allows the students to engage more fully by bringing them to relevant locations with real world applicability to better understand the issues and challenges faced by One Health practitioners.

"As a student I feel learning should be a journey of self-discovery. Everyday classroom education can feel like a one-size-fits-all approach, which limits my ability to grow and thrive. So, I look for new and different ways to take control of my education." - Nurul Masyitah, Kuliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, IIUM


Though it is challenging to create new PBL pathways, it did not hamper the commitment of dedicated MyOHUN members who successfully designed and implemented the one-of-a-kind One Health PBL. Implemented in 2016, students from various backgrounds and institutions testified their appreciation for the benefits gained when utilizing the approach, including a broadened perspective when tackling One Health issues in the real world.  

Acknowledging students and educator’s enthusiasm for the In Situ One Health PBL, MyOHUN organized two workshops wherein they invited a group of twenty experienced facilitators and One Health experts from various fields to finalize a guidebook on the topic to help other organizations follow the hands-on approach. Following extensive input and revisions from experts in the field, the guidebook was finally published earlier this year. With its clear and concise language, practical advice, and step-by-step instructions, the guidebook is a useful resource for educators and program directors to support their students’ educational goals.


"With years of experience in education, this book is a clear example of transformative teaching that empowers learners to address real-world One Health challenges. It is a valuable resource for educators who seek to create meaningful learning experiences. Students can learn through interdisciplinary collaboration and develop a holistic understanding of human, animal, and environmental health, positively impacting the world."

Associate Prof. Dr. Hasliza Abu Hassim, Chief editor of a Guide on How to Run an In Situ One Health Problem-Based Learning Book

"During the PBL sessions, I've gained practical knowledge and a new perspective on the importance of collaboration in solving complex health problems. As a result, I am more capable of addressing real-world challenges, and I hope this book will be useful to my friends as I find it really beneficial."  - Yap Cheng Hing, Veterinary Medicine student, UPM

The guidebook includes examples of successful In Situ One Health PBL cases, adapted from various PBL classroom cases, to suit various program environments. These example cases encourage students to engage with their surroundings and develop real-world skills to better understand complex global One Health challenges.

The guidebook not only inspires educators to re-evaluate traditional classroom-based education and embrace more interactive, hands-on learning experiences, it also prepares the One Health workforce to respond to complex emerging health problems through interactive and practical learning experiences. This book is available online and is accessible through the following link:


About MyOHUN

About MyOHUN

Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) was built to promote the philosophy and spirit of One Health in working together to respond to new and emerging diseases. It was initiated in 2012 as part of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). The MyOHUN network at present comprises 17 universities, 2 Government ministries, and 7 government departments/agencies.

The concept of One Health in Malaysia aims to forge collaborations between academicians, professionals, scientists, and communities across sectors with responsibility for the health of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. Through this collaboration, cross-sectoral skills and knowledge will be fostered thus enhances the capacity of health and veterinary professionals to respond to emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases through One Health leadership, curriculum development, faculty linkages and exchanges, workshop, staff development, and mentoring between institutions.

MyOHUN Achievements


MyOHUN has successfully conducted more than 120 activities between 2013-2019.  Some of the training are CPD certified. 

  • Workforce Assessment

  • Problem Based Learning    

  • Curriculum Mapping & Review    

  • Development of Modules

  • Simulation of Disease Outbreaks   

  • Wildlife Zoonosis & Ecosystem Health

  • One Health Student Clubs   

  • One Health Programs to Community    

  • Seed OH research fund

Malaysia One Health University Network (MyOHUN) was built to promote One Health's philosophy and spirit in working together to respond to new and emerging diseases. It was initiated in 2012 as part of the Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN). The MyOHUN network at present comprises 17 universities, 2 ministries, and 7 government departments/agencies.  


MyOHUN Membership OHW-NG 2020

  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Studies)

  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (School of Medical Sciences, School of Health Sciences)

  • International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) (Kuliyyah of Medicine, Kuliyyah of Allied Health Sciences)

  • Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) (School of Fundamental Sciences)

  • Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • University of Cyberjaya (UoC) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) (Faculty of Medicine)

  • Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

  • Management & Science University (MSU) (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

  • Universiti Malaya (UM) Faculty of Medicine

  • International Medical University Malaysia

  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences  

  • RCSI & UCD Malaysian College (The Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland & University College Dublin Malaysian Campus

* Founding Universities and Faculties 

Government Ministries

  • Ministry of Health

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry

Government Departments

  •  Department of Veterinary Services (DVS)

  • Veterinary Research Institute (VRI)

  • Malaysia Agricultural and Research Development Institute (MARDI)

  • Institute of Medical Research (IMR)

  • National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL)

  • Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN)

  • National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)

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