HORN Curriculum

Working with partner institutes in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia/Somaliland, the One Health Regional Network for the Horn of Africa (HORN) is a multidisciplinary, international partnership aiming to improve the health and well-being of both humans and animals across the Horn of Africa.

The HORN teaching curriculum was developed to advance the knowledge and skills of researchers by providing generic, laboratory, and subject-specific skill sets that increase their ability to undertake research using a One Health ethos. To reach a wide body of researchers, the curriculum is delivered through residential Summer Schools covering field skills, residential two-week Masterclass events made up of various workshops, and a series of online eLearning modules.

The HORN curriculum includes three tiers of learning. Tier 1 covers One Health concepts, including introductory modules delivered using E-learning. Tier 2 is generic and transferable skills and tools, it covers skill development modules delivered using E-learning. Tier 3 is One Health specialisms; in-depth learning building on the material within Tiers 1 and 2 using Summer Schools and Masterclass events.

HORN’s training materials are produced and delivered by leading international experts. Working at their own pace, users will learn via interactive, narrated slides. At the end of each module is a short quiz to test users understanding of the material.

Tier 1

Includes introductions to One Health concepts from different academic disciplines, and One Health case studies including perspectives on HORN countries and exemplar disease-related issues within the Horn of Africa region.


Click here to access all Tier 1 One Health Essentials and Case Study Modules

Tier 2

Covers generic and transferable skills, including career and generic skills and essential research skills.

Click here to access all Tier 2 Generic and Transferable Research Skills

Tier 3

More in-depth teaching of One Health specialisms, delivered in the form of Summer School’s and Masterclass events.

Summer School

Designed as an intensive, residential training course for early career scientists in the Horn of Africa, the Summer School aims to develop a broad range of skills required when implementing One Health. The course is not designed to create experts in any specific set of subjects, but rather introduce attendees to the wide range of skills they may be expected to apply, or to understand, when working in interdisciplinary projects.

The first Summer School was held in 2019 at the Mpala Research Conservancy’s camp near Nanyuki, Kenya. You can find the brochure for the event here and read more about the Summer School here.


The Masterclass is an intensive, residential training course for early career researchers based in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia/Somaliland). Focused upon improving One Health research capacity of both individuals and institutes through a mixture of taught sessions, practical exercises, and training of ‘One Health champions’, the Masterclass provides in-depth learning opportunities to increase knowledge in quantitative skills in epidemiology, social science approaches, laboratory skills and techniques, and transferable research skills.

The inaugural Masterclass took place at ILRI, Nairobi, over a two week period in November and December 2019. The brochure from this event can be found here, and you can read more about the Masterclass here.