VOHUN 2020


Vietnam One Health University Network

Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN) was established in 2011, with the support of USAID, through the RESPOND project. VOHUN has connected 20 Vietnamese universities from the field of medicine, veterinary science, public health, nursing and food technology to promote the One Health (OH) approach, through university training and research, to equip a new generation of lecturers and researchers with a full range of knowledge and skills to practice the OH approach. The One Health Workforce Project: OHW (2014-2019) and Next Generation (NG) (2020-2025) aims to strengthen the One Health university network and member universities, to support workforce development, education, and training opportunities that are relevant to local health needs and international health standards.

VOHUN Achievements


VOHUN has used the 7 core competencies and 08 technical modules developed to contribute several OH training programs:

Pre-service training programs:


  • International Master of Public Health, One Health oriented, Hanoi Medical University.

  • Master of Public Health majoring in Environmental Health, Hanoi University of Public Health.

  • Master of Veterinary Medicine, specialized in Public Health, Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh city.

Pre-service Modules:

  • OH module

  • OH and Zoonoses module, Vietnam National University of Agriculture.

  • OH and Wildlife diseases module, Vietnam National University of Agriculture.

  • OH and Environment and Livestock waste management module, Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry.

  • OH training course for students through fieldtrip, VOHUN university members

  • BioRisk Management module

In-service training program:

  • One Health field-based training course for health and veterinary staff.

  • Training course on applying One Health core competencies to develop the zoonotic disease prevention plan for health and veterinary staff

One Health Workforce Next Generation (2019-2024)

  • Develop, deliver, and institutionalize training and educational offerings in alignment with prioritized One Health core competencies and technical skills.

  • Establish systems, policies, and procedures to assess and track multisectoral workforce placement, performance, and impact.

  • Strengthen the functional and organizational capacities of the regional OH university networks to ensure they are capable of acquiring and managing direct donor funding.

  • Organizational Development of a Sustainable VOHUN.


There are totally 15 OH student clubs (OHSC) with nearly 1700 members for 21 faculties/universities since 2015. OHSC have the participants of different disciplines, such as: public health, preventive medicine, nursing, veterinary, food technology and husbandry. Students have been given the opportunity to work together with colleagues from other disciplines to learn how to address OH challenges in communities and to raise awareness of communities on infectious and zoonotic diseases prevention and control through activities including seminars, community visits and field-based learning.

VOHUN 2020
  • Bac Giang Agriculture and Forestry University 

  • Buon Ma Thuot University

  • Can Tho University

  • Can Tho University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Hai Phong University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Hanoi University of Public Health*

  • Hanoi Medical University*

  • Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University*

  • Ho Chi Minh City Agriculture & Forestry University*

  • Hue University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Hue University of Agriculture & Forestry*

  • Nam Dinh University of Nursing

  • Nghe An College of Economics

  • Quy Nhon University

  • Tay Nguyen University (Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine)

  • Thai Binh University of Medicine and Pharmacy

  • Thai Nguyen University of Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture & Forestry

  • Tra Vinh University (Faculty of Agriculture and Aquaculture, Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy)

  • School of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam National University, Hanoi

  • Phenikaa University (Faculty of Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineer, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy)

  • Vietnam National University of Agriculture*

  • Vinh Medical University

  • Vinh Long University of Technology and Education (Faculty of Food Technology)

* Founding Universities and Faculties 



One Health Camp on Rabies Risk Communication

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) One Health Workforce Project – Next Generation (OHW-NG) Project, the Viet Nam One Health University Network (VOHUN) successfully organized a “One Health Camp – Rabies Risk Communication”, which ran from July 24-26,  2020 in Cong Thanh commune, Yen Thanh district, Nghe An province, a community at high-risk for rabies. The camp’s objective was to provide an opportunity for students to: (1) understand the importance of implementing a One Health approach to disease prevention; (2) apply One Health core competencies in disease prevention activities; and (3) conduct a community engagement activity to raise awareness of and help prevent rabies in the community.

The camp application process was competitive, and applicants were required to complete a 10-question, multiple choice exam and submit an essay detailing their perceptions of and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Three hundred seventy four (374) applicants applied to the camp and 50 students were selected to participate. A rabies-focused virtual training course was conducted at the beginning of the camp and students were assisted with development of rabies risk communication plans. Wanting to mimic the collaborative, multi-sectoral nature of One Health, students worked together in online groups to develop their risk communication plans all with the support of VOHUN faculty members.

As a direct result of the camp activities, five rabies communication plans were presented to 532 community members within five villages of Cong Thanh commune. Each group developed a unique approach to educate and communicate with the local communities about rabies, answering questions such as “what is rabies?”, “how is rabies contracted?”, “how should one respond if bitten by a rabid dog or cat?”.

One particularly effective mode of delivery for attracting local community members to the event was live performances. Plays and short dramas that the students created about rabies were engaging and comical, but more importantly, they were educational and memorable for the audience members. One student group even re-wrote the lyrics to a popular folk song giving it a rabies-prevention theme and performed it live, which was a huge success. To solidify and help apply the messages, community members were given hands-on instruction on proper washing techniques, especially for bite wounds.


The district health center, commune health station, and village leaders were supportive of the students’ efforts and were impressed by quality and presentation of the communication plans. The camp and subsequent events were highly successful, as they were attended by community members and local officials. Rabies awareness rose after the event and with further engagement could continue to grow if messages are reinforced and community members pass their knowledge onto friends and family.

"My experience can be summarized in one word: SEED. “SEED” stands for Solidarity, Encouraged, Effective, and Developed – these words encompass the valuable experience I gained during this memorable time. At that moment, I dreamed that our mission is the “great seed” of VOHUN’s future and I hope to accompany the Network in continued training of the next generation of SEEDS." - Thao, Nguyen Thi Mai, Leader of Student Group 4

Many students expressed that this camp was their favorite event to-date in their academic careers, as it gave them a valuable opportunity to learn and share their knowledge and skills in a culturally relevant framework. Additionally, the amount of creativity and work required to make a communication plan successful was valuable experience that students will use as they advance into the One Health workforce.