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IHAC-0100 – Orientation to HAI (IHAC-0100_2021)

This course is open to the public. No application is required.

Orientation to Human-Animal Interactions

The field of human-animal interactions is growing rapidly and developing in new areas and applications. Our orientation to human-animal interactions professional development course is a great starting place and introduction to the education and research in this field. By examining how human-animal interactions can be incorporated into micro, mezzo, and macro career fields, students gain a deeper understanding of the power and connection of the human-animal bond.

Program Details:

Throughout this asynchronous online course students will study the impacts of the human-animal bond across lifespans and communities. By learning micro or clinical applications, students will become familiar with animal-assisted interventions (including animal-assisted activities, education, and therapy), terminology and implications for different working animals (including therapy animals, service animals, and emotional support animals), and considerations for the welfare of working animals. Through a mezzo and macro lens, students gain education in the role of pets in communities, humane education, LINK violence, policy implications for wildlife, and the One Health model.

This course is self-paced and can easily be completed by busy working professionals who need to learn on a flexible timeframe. Students will have up to three months to access the course and complete the five modules of content. There are not any requirements regarding experience or education level. We welcome anyone who is interested in this topic to register for this class.

Program Outcomes:

The orientation to human-animal interactions provides an overview of the variety of areas in the field of human-animal interactions. We hope students will enjoy being introduced to many topics, so that they can pursue their specific area of interest through further education and training.

Course Overview:

• Module 1: The Human-Animal Bond and Redefining Our Relationship with Animals

• Module 2: Animal-Assisted Interventions: Terminology and Applications

• Module 3: Considering Animals in Helping Roles and Animal-Assisted Interactions

• Module 4: Community-Based Applications of Human-Animal Interactions

• Module 5: Future Opportunities in Human-Animal Interactions


After registering, you will receive login information to access the course in the University of Denver's learning management system, Canvas, within 3 business days. If you have any questions, please contact

Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 35Waitlist Places Left: 0Fee: $300


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