Development of Program Module for In-Situ One Health Problem-Based Learning for Human and Animal Health

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) uses complex real-world problems as a vehicle to develop critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills in a group. Since PBL was first introduced in 1969, it has been incorporated as a teaching method in many countries, and Malaysia is no exception. 

MyOHUN has organized In-Situ PBL activities since 2015 and has gained a lot of experiences and lesson-learned throughout the years. These exciting activities focused on the training of the emerging infectious diseases that mostly have a close relationship between wild animals, the environment, and humans. The Deer Breeding Centre in Lenggong, Kuala Gandah in Pahang, Kuala Sepetang in Perak are among the few locations that MyOHUN has organized In-Situ PBL throughout the years. 

This year MyOHUN took the opportunity to compile all those experiences gained into a Program Module for the In-Situ One Health Problem-Based Learning for Human and Animal Health, with the objective of creating a PBL module that uniquely serves the In-Situ program and can be used as a reference by academicians and PBL trainers in the region. 

This activity comprises of two series led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasliza Binti Abu Hassim from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Eighteen experienced In-Situ PBL facilitators gathered for the first series that was held in Marriot Putrajaya Hotel from 6 to 7 August 2020. The first series focused on the module’s structure as well as preliminary PBL chapters and topics to be included in the module. 

Finalizing a module is not an easy task. The group convened again at the Hatten Hotel Malacca from 28 to 30 August 2020 for the second series to finalize the content and chapters for the module. The module was categorized into three parts, which are Pre-Activity, Activity, and Post-Activity. Two PBL experts assisted both activity series as facilitators namely Prof. Dr. Syafinaz Amin Nordin and Prof. Dr. Siti Suri Arshad from UPM.