One Health training, research, and outreach in North America


One Health training, research, and outreach in North America

Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhD1*, Bruce Kaplan, DVM2, Jenae E. Logan, MScGH3 and Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA3

1One Health Commission, Apex, NC; 2One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, Sarasota, FL, USA; 3Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA


Background: The One Health (OH) concept, formerly referred to as ‘One Medicine’ in the later part of the 20th century, has gained exceptional popularity in the early 21st century, and numerous academic and non-academic institutions have developed One Health programs.

Objectives: To summarize One Health training, research, and outreach activities originating in North America.

Methods: We used data from extensive electronic records maintained by the One Health Commission (OHC) ( and the One Health Initiative ( and from web-based searches, combined with the corporate knowledge of the authors and their professional contacts. Finally, a call was released to members of the OHC’s Global One Health Community listserv, asking that they populate a Google document with information on One Health training, research, and outreach activities in North American academic and non-academic institutions.

Results: A current snapshot of North American One Health training, research, and outreach activities as of August 2016 has evolved.

Conclusions: It is clear that the One Health concept has gained considerable recognition during the first decade of the 21st century, with numerous current training and research activities carried out among North American academic, non-academic, government, corporate, and non-profit entities.

Keywords: One Health; research; training; human; animal; environmental

Citation: Infection Ecology and Epidemiology 2016, 6: 33680 -

Copyright: © 2016 Cheryl Stroud et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, permitting all non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Received: 3 October 2016; Revised: 24 October 2016; Accepted: 25 October 2016; Published: 29 November 2016

Competing interests and funding: The authors have not received any funding or benefits from industry or elsewhere to conduct this study.

*Correspondence to: Cheryl Stroud, One Health Commission, P.O. Box 972, Apex, NC 27523, USA, Email:

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The One Health concept is a global strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save millions of lives in our present and future generations (1).

Recognizing that human health (including mental health via the human–animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, One Health seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, and other scientific health and environmental professionals and by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals (2).

While early global discussions about the overlaps of the human and animal medical professions occurred during the 19th and 20th centuries and have continued to present day, focused conversations about One Health began in North America in the early 2000s. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the US government gave each state a small amount of money for emergency preparedness. North Carolina used these funds to launch an annual, trans-disciplinary symposium series. The first one in 2002 did not use the term, but every year from 2003 onward (except 2011) the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with local academic institutions to oversee an annual One Medicine Symposium (3). In September 2004, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is based in New York, brought together health experts from around the world at Rockefeller University to discuss the movement of diseases among humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. From that meeting emerged the ‘Twelve Manhattan Principles’ (4), urging world leaders, civil societies, the global health community, and institutions of sciences to holistically approach epidemic/epizootic disease prevention and ecosystem integrity. This event was followed by further One Health meetings organized by the WCS later in 2004 (Bangkok), 2005 (China), 2007 (Brazil), and 2009 (Brazil) (5).

The One Health Initiative (OHI) Autonomous pro bono team, a group of individual One Health advocates, was established in 2006 (6, 7). The group began writing newspaper Op-Eds, publishing One Health articles in professional journals, and gathering and distributing One Health information. Also in 2006, a group of One Health advocates began a discussion series in Washington, DC, which is now known as the One Health Academy (see Non-Academic One Health Training, Research, and Outreach section).

One of the earliest particularly efficacious efforts to raise One Health awareness in the Americas was the partnership in 2007–08 between the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and a number of other professional societies to establish a One Health Initiative Task Force (OHITF) comprising stakeholders from a range of disciplines (8). These professionals sought to define One Health and make recommendations for advancing the concept. Among those recommendations was the creation of an organization that would spearhead necessary collaborations; in 2009, the Rockefeller Foundation donated funds to help establish the One Health Commission (OHC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, for that purpose. In October 2008, the OHI team launched the OHI website and began disseminating grassroots OH information, news, publications and upcoming events items worldwide and listing international individuals and organizations that philosophically support and embrace the One Health concept (6, 9).

The One Health concept made considerable progress in 2009. Among the advances in that year, there was a partnership between the OHC and the National Academy of Sciences to hold an OHC Summit in Washington, DC (10). The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a One Health Office (11), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) began its Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) Program designed according to a One Health model (12). The EPT Program, in partnership with US and international universities, initiated the One Health Workforce Project to train current and future OH professionals (13).

In May 2010, the CDC, in close collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization (WHO), hosted a meeting in Stone Mountain, GA, USA, entitled ‘Operationalizing “One Health”: A Policy Perspective – Taking Stock and Shaping an Implementation Roadmap’. The specific goal of the Stone Mountain meeting was to identify clear and concrete actions to move the concept of One Health from vision to global implementation [see the Executive Summary of the Stone Mountain meeting for an excellent history of the progress of One Health up to 2010 (14)].

OHIs were beginning in academic settings also: among the universities that began holding One Health/One Medicine symposia and discussion series were Michigan State University (2010) and Iowa State University (2010) (15, 16). North Carolina’s One Health Collaborative (NC OHC) of interinstitutional faculty from Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and North Carolina State University (NCSU) and individuals from the Research Triangle Park region also began overseeing a One Health Intellectual Exchange Group discussion series in 2009 (17).

Interestingly, in 2010, an important unique educational publication to assist young people with their early education was produced by the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Rice University, Houston, TX (USA), in partnership with the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA. It evolved into the creation of a freely distributed MedMyst magazine ‘One Health Initiative’ pamphlet (18).

In 2012, the University of Minnesota was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation to create a catalog of One Health activities, which was shared with the OHC to initially populate a Who’s Who in One Health web page listing organizations that were actively leading One Health efforts (19, 20). This page is still a work in progress. The year 2012 also saw the creation of a One Health Coordinating Office within the US Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) (21), and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture hosted a conference on One Health and Antimicrobial Resistance (22).

In late 2015, the OHC, the OHI, and a new international group, the One Health Platform Foundation (23), partnered to create an annual Global One Health Day (24). Designed to raise global awareness of the One Health approach and the many issues that fall under its purview, the inaugural event was celebrated on November 3, 2016, giving individuals and groups from around the world – from academic to corporate and non-profit organizations, from students to established professionals – the opportunity to implement One Health projects and special events (24). In addition, the OHC and OHI jointly established a One Health Education project, ‘Preparing Society to Create the World We Need through “One Health” Education’, in June 2016 (25).

As discussed above, interest in One Health and the development of One Health activities are by no means confined to North America. This review is just one of a series of review articles on One Health activities worldwide. Other geographic areas are covered in separate reviews, compiled by One Health leaders most familiar with the activities going on in their respective regions. In this review, we seek to identify One Health training, research, and educational outreach activities currently operating within North America, within traditional academic as well as non-academic settings. Note that the Caribbean is covered in the article on One Health in South America.


Information for this review article was derived from the extensive One Health community records of the OHC and the OHI Autonomous pro bono team, One Health web searches conducted in the fall of 2016, and the professional contacts and experiences of the authors. Both the OHC (since 2009) and OHI (since 2006) have worked in global One Health endeavors for more than 10 years and are currently integrated into a wide network of One Health stakeholders.

Furthermore, a call for information was disseminated to the OHC Global One Health Community listserv. Participants were asked to populate an online Google Document with information on One Health training and research activities (entries were verified and One Health activities were summarized). Some of the most noteworthy programs are highlighted in this article, and additional programs and courses are listed in Table 1. The authors learn new One Health activities almost daily. Full text descriptions of all One Health activities in North America would markedly exceed this journal’s word count limits.

Table 1.  Academic One Health training, research, and outreach activities in North America, Stroud, USA, 2016
School State/Province One Health activities
  Concordia University Quebec Offers MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called ‘Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking’
  University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon Graduate Certificate in One Health, One Health Initiative, OH Research Symposium, One Health Leadership Experience (conference)
  University of Calgary Alberta Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Seminar: Using a One Health Approach to Reduce Pandemic Risk and Promote Global Health
  University of Guelph Ontario 2016 One Health Seminar Series sponsored by the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ), One Health undergraduate student travel grants
United States
  Auburn University Alabama Cancer research integrating One Health/One Medicine, Zohdy Lab
  Baylor College of Medicine Texas Seminar in Tropical Medicine: One Health cross-listed at Rice University
  Berry College Georgia Undergraduate One Health Minor, One Health Center
  Colorado State University Colorado One Health Institute, One Health Research & Development Program
  Columbia University New York The Center for Infection and Immunity (collaborates with the EcoHealth Alliance), One Health laboratory research, Student One Health Initiative
  Cornell University New York MPH degree with a focus on epidemiology, food systems, infectious disease, and sustainability (starting Fall 2017), Zoonotic Disease Symposium, Research focus at Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Baker Institute for Animal Health
  Duke University North Carolina One Health Training Program (Summer), Duke One Health Research Laboratory, One Health Team, Co-host of One Health Intellectual Exchange Course
  Emory University Georgia Research at Antimicrobial Resistance Center
  Fontbonne University Missouri Undergraduate One Health Certificate
  Georgetown University District of Columbia Sponsor of One Health Commission (OHC) with representative on the OHC Board, Graduate Course: ‘One Health: US Policy for a Global Challenge’; Medical and Law Schools jointly organized One Health Symposium in 2015 and again for global One Health Day 2016
  Iowa State University Iowa College of Veterinary Medicine supports One Health Initiative, One Health Conference with Texas A&M
  Kansas State University Kansas Developing One Health courses, education programs and local research programs at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate levels
  Lehigh University Pennsylvania ‘Lehigh in Bermuda: Oceans and Human Health’ Summer Program
  Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Tennessee One Health Program at College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM)
  Michigan State University Michigan Inst. of International Health supports OHI, College of Veterinary Medicine to launch Nepal One Health in 2017, College of Communications, Arts, Sciences symposia on OH & Emerging Communications Technologies
  Midwestern University Arizona Plans to augment interprofessional courses to incorporate OHI principles
  Mississippi State University Mississippi One Health Challenge, Uganda One Health Trip
  North Carolina State University North Carolina Research at College of Veterinary Medicine, Co-host of North Carolina One Medicine Symposium, Co-host of One Health Intellectual Exchange Course, Masters in Public Health – Veterinary Epidemiology in partnership with the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health
  Ohio State University Ohio One Health Summer Institute, OHI at College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State/Ethiopia One Health Partnership
  Oklahoma State Oklahoma Sponsored first One Health Conference in Oklahoma, 2012
  Oregon State University Oregon One Health seminars and research
  Penn State University Pennsylvania Soil Health for One Health Initiative, One Health Soils course offered by College of Agricultural Sciences
  Princeton University New Jersey Undergraduate course in One Health
  Purdue University Indiana One Health Lectures
  Rice University Texas Seminar in Tropical Medicine: One Health cross-listed at Baylor College of Medicine, MedMyst Magazine
  Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine New Jersey-St Kitts Island Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative the on OHC Board, One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Master of Science (MSc) One Health Degree Program
  South Dakota State University South Dakota One Health Coalition, One Health Research Program
  Stanford University California Stanford One Health 2016 Symposium and Stanford 2014 Zoobiquity Research Symposium hosted by Comparative Medicine Department
  St. Louis University School of Medicine Missouri One Health One Medicine Fair, One Health Interest Group
  Texas A&M University (TAMU) Texas College of Vet Med is sponsor of OHC, extensive One Health – TAMU program, One Health Round Table, One Health Clinic, Undergraduate degree program with concentration in Oceans and One Health, One Health Summer Research Program
  Tufts University Massachusetts Fellowship Programs, One Health Undergraduate course, Students for One Health, Student-led One Health Day, Masters in Conservation Medicine (MCM), Research Services, Peer One Health Collaborative
  Tuskegee University Alabama Collaboration between School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Nursing and Allied Health to promote One Medicine – One Health
  University of California, Berkeley California Student-initiated DeCal undergraduate course ‘One Health for Action: Integrating Human, Animal, and Environmental Health’
  University of California, Davis California One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, Global Disease Biology major, One Health Field Course, One Health Center for research, Calvin Schwabe Project, One Health Student Summer Research Programs/Grants
  University of Florida Florida MHS, PhD in One Health, One Health Certificate Program (former)
  University of Georgia Georgia Division of One Health, One Health Seminar Series and Symposia
  University of Illinois, Chicago Illinois DVM/MPH joint degree program with Urbana campus, Bachelor of Public Health with One Health theme
  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Illinois DVM/MPH joint degree program with Chicago campus, Center for One Health Illinois, One Health Day (organized by Public Health Club)
  University of Iowa Iowa Hosted One Health Conference 2016, operates Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases
  University of Minnesota Minnesota Partner of Global Initiative Food Systems Leadership (GIFSL), Global One Health Initiative, ICOMOS International Conference: One Med One Science, One Health Workforce Project
  University of Missouri- Mizzou Advantage Missouri Sponsor of the One Health Commission, One Health/One Medicine research and programming, part of WAMCOH
  University of North Carolina North Carolina Co-host of One Health Intellectual Exchange Course
  University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania OHI at School of Veterinary Medicine
  University of Tennessee Tennessee DVM-MPH integrating One Health concepts
  University of Washington Washington Center for One Health Research, Human Animal Medicine Project, School of Public Health and Medicine, University of Washington Center for OH Research Blog, MPH Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI) Training Program
  University of Wisconsin-Madison Wisconsin Kibale EcoHealth Project, One Health Portal
  Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary  Medicine Virginia Research focused on One Health, MPH program grounded in an interdisciplinary ‘One Health’ approach
  Virginia Tech Virginia One Health library guide
  Washington State University Washington School for Global Animal Health
  Washington University in St. Louis Missouri One Health seminar called ‘The Big Bet: How Linking Human and Veterinary Medicine Improves Health Across Species’
  Western University of Health Sciences California Oregon Division of Global and Community Health aims to foster research, education, and training to address issues that bridge animal, human, and environmental health
  Yale University Connecticut School of Public Health research, Student funding opportunities
Student for One Health (SOH) groups
  Auburn University Alabama Students for One Health Club
  Brown University Rhode Island Alpert Medical School Students for One Health
  Colorado State University Colorado One Health Club
  Cornell University New York Veterinary School Public Health/One Health Club
  Kansas State University Kansas Public Health Club
  Iowa State University and University of Iowa Iowa Students working for One Health (partnership with University of Iowa)
  Michigan State University Michigan Students for One Health
  Midwestern University Arizona One Health Student Club
  Mississippi State Mississippi One World – One Health & Public Health clubs
  North Carolina State University North Carolina One Health Student Initiative
  Ohio State University Ohio Buckeyes without Borders
  Purdue University Indiana Purdue One Health Club
  St. Louis University Missouri One Health Interest Group
  Texas A&M University Texas Student One Health Association
  Tufts University Massachusetts New England Students for One Health, Undergraduate One Health Peer Health Collaborative
  University of California, Berkeley California One Health Student Initiative, DeCal undergraduate course mentioned above
  University of California, Davis California Students for One Health (Vet School and Undergraduate)
  University of Georgia Georgia Student One Health Club
  University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign Illinois Student Public Health Association co-sponsor of One Health Day
  University of Iowa Iowa Students working for One Health (partnership with Iowa State)
  University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine One Health Club (PennVet)
  University of Tennessee Tennessee SCAVMA One Health Club
  Washington University in St. Louis Missouri Student One Health Interest Group
  Western University of Health Sciences College  of Veterinary Medicine California Oregon Student clubs
  Virginia Tech University and Virginia-Maryland  College of Veterinary Medicine Virginia VT One Health Club
A version of this table that includes URL links active at the time of publication is available as an online Supplementary file.
OHC, One Health Commission; OHI, One Health Initiative; MPH, Masters of Public Health; MHS, Master of Health Sciences, LMU-CVM, Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The authors acknowledge that there are likely additional One Health training, research, and outreach efforts in North America that were inadvertently missed in this review. Readers are encouraged to share additional information on their One Health activities in North America with the corresponding author to update this listing and expand future summaries.

Results and discussion

Table 1 lists academic One Health training programs and Fig. 1 shows their geographic distribution. As discussed earlier, the more traditional setting for One Health training and research is in academia, but non-academic players also recognize the growing interest in One Health and have responded enthusiastically. Non-academic One Health leadership activities, including those initiated by state and national governmental agencies, are listed in Table 2.

Fig 1

Fig. 1.   Location of known academic One Health training, research, and outreach programs in North America as of August 2016. Blue stars denote universities that offer formal One Health, academic credit-earning programs, including Undergraduate majors/minors as well as Certificate, Masters, or PhD programs. Gray stars denote universities with no academic credit-earning program but with other significant One Health training, research, or outreach activities.

Table 2.  Non-academic One Health training, research, and outreach activities in North America, Stroud, USA, 2016
School Country One Health activities
Professional associations, non-governmental and non-profit organizations
  American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges  (AAVMC) USA One health case studies for interprofessional education
  American Medical Association USA Partnered in the establishment of the One Health Initiative Task Force. Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors
  American Society of State and Territorial Health Officials  (ASTHO) USA National nonprofit representing public health agencies across the US. Seeks to inform public policy and improve health. Hosts OH Webinars and has established a One Health Committee
  Animal Medical Center (AMC-NY) USA Not-for-profit academic veterinary hospital; host of AMC OH Conference 2015: Connecting Human and Veterinary Medicine, A Comparative Approach to Cancer Care
  American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) USA Partner in establishment of OHITF. Sponsor of OHC. Provides OH web page and promotional support. Provides veterinarians with information, resources, and guidance on OH issues
  Association of American Medical Colleges USA Sponsors the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors
  EcoHealth Alliance USA Formerly known as Wildlife Trust, co-sponsor of International One Health/EcoHealth meeting 2016, led by early One Health leaders
  EcoHealth USA Conferences and regional symposia; International Association for Ecology & Health journal – subtitle: One Health, Ecology and Health, Public Health
  Farm Foundation (NFP) USA Sponsor of OHC, convenes agriculture and food systems stakeholders for discussion, led 13 meetings on Antimicrobial Stewardship to prepare animal agriculture industry for new regulations
  Georgia Aquarium USA Vanguard Sponsor of OHC. Private, non-profit organization that carries out OH research. One Ocean – One Health program. Proposed building of a One Ocean One Health Research Institute
  Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) USA Private, non-profit organization whose main focus is on countries in Asia and Africa where rabies is a major public health issue. Hosted student OH Rabies Grand Challenge competition in 2014
  Global Initiative Food Systems Leadership (GIFSL) USA Trains emerging leaders of the food system through a variety of programs and events. Partnered with UMN to construct Catalog of OH Activities
  Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors, educates public on the mutual benefits of pet ownership
  Infectious Diseases Society of America USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors
  Institute for Global Health & Health Policy USA 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that organizes One Health workshops in marine & terrestrial conservation medicine for students and professionals
  International Food Information Council (IFIC) USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors
  International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) USA Oversees ProMED, a free Internet-based reporting system for dissemination of information on infectious disease outbreaks; hosts 2 biennial meetings, IMED and ICID, OH topics
  Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors, leads annual local One Health conferences
  Missouri Medical Association USA Cooperation with Missouri University College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine, published landmark One Medicine journal issue in 2013/14
  National Academy of Science USA Co-hosted One Health Commission workshop in 2009 and many related workshops since, Institute for Laboratory Animal Research operates fellowship program for OH researchers from Pakistan
  National Link Coalition USA Network of professionals in animal welfare and human services; works at human-animal-environment interface. OH education on link between domestic violence and animal abuse
  National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) USA NMMF’s Translational Medicine & Research Program has adopted an OH approach
  National Pork Board USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board of Directors
  North Carolina One Health Collaborative USA Sponsors OH Intellectual Exchange Group Discussion series, bringing local professionals and students together. Oversees Interinstitutional OH course cross listed at Duke, NCSU and UNC
  One Health Academy USA Based in Washington, DC; advances One Health through motivating, mentoring, and networking
  OHC USA A globally focused 501(c)(3) organization chartered in Washington, DC; connects OH advocates, creates networks and collaborations, and educates about OH and OH issues
  OHI Autonomous pro bono team USA A group of One Health advocates who gather and disseminate One Health information, seeking to unite human and veterinary medicine with ecosystem health
  One Health Organization USA Offers on-site veterinary services for housebound elderly, One Health Workforce Development Program trains students to prevent the spread of disease between animals and humans
  Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness (OCSA) USA Works within the veterinary community to expand public awareness of the symptoms of human ovarian cancer, sponsors training of dogs to sniff out ovarian cancer
  Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) USA International non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and demonstrating that positive human–animal interactions improve people’s physical, psychological, and emotional lives
  Puccini Foundation for Comparative Oncology USA Raises awareness of and money for comparative oncology research
  Reunión Interamericana a Nivel Ministerial (RIMSA) USA Convenes Ministers of Health and Agriculture from Pan-American Health Org. Member states
  St Louis Zoo USA Institute for Conservation Medicine (ICM) leads scientific projects that address diseases shared between animals and humans, Zoo hosts OH Fairs and held 2016 Inaugural OH Symposium
  Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB/VSF) Canada Community-based animal health programs, training and education for veterinarians
  Washington U/AuburnU/UMissouri Consortium for One  Health (WAMCOH) USA Sponsor of the One Health Commission with representative on the OHC Board, focus on comparative medicine and translational research
  World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Canada World Congress and continuing education programs, WSAVA One Health Committee, rabies vaccination campaign in Africa, One Health conferences
  Zoobiquity Initiative USA Book on the connection between animal and human health, annual conference bringing together scientists and clinicians from human and animal medicine
Governmental agencies
  CDC One Health Office USA OHO promotes OH concept and guides CDC OH approaches; operated by Div. of High Con-sequence Pathogens & Pathogenesis, Nat’l Center for Zoonotic & Emerging Infectious Diseases
  CDC Stone Mountain Meeting Workgroups USA Stone Mountain meetings bring experts together to implement sustainable global One Health collaborations
  Idaho Department of Health/Welfare, Division of Public  Health USA Idaho One Health Consortium, which holds didactic discussion sessions focused on One Health topics
  Maryland Department of Agriculture USA Has produced One Health Bulletins since 2011, which it emails to Maryland veterinarians as well as interested public and animal health stakeholders
  Minnesota Department of Health USA Minnesota One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Collaborative raises awareness/seeks to change behaviors to preserve antibiotics for animal, human, and environmental pathogens
  National Park Service USA Developing programs to communicate interconnectedness of species, facilitates student research in ‘living laboratories’ with human/animal/environmental factors, OH working group
  North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Service  and Dept. of Health/Human Services USA Oversees North Carolina One Medicine Symposium, an annual conference for a wide range of OH stakeholders, hosted in partnership with NC universities and APHIS
  One Health Awareness Kentucky (OHA-KY) USA A collaborative effort by representatives from state government agencies, academic institutions, private/non-profit organizations, and federal agencies
  South Dakota One Health Working Group USA Holds seminars where interested stakeholders discuss health and disease issues shared between animals and humans
  Tennessee Department of Public Health USA One Health Committee promotes/improves health of animals and humans by enhancing cooperation between departments and providing a forum for discussion of OH issues
  USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Programs (EPT-1&2) USA Components include Pathogen Detection, Risk Determination, One Health Institutionalization, Response Capacity, and Risk Reduction; created One Health Workforce Project
  USDA APHIS USA Transforming National VS to Institutionalize One Health; established One Health Coordination Office to weave OH into all levels of organization
  Washington State Department of Health USA One Health Initiative, collaborative effort among WA state orgs and universities to increase anti-microbial stewardship, develop surveillance/data systems, raise awareness among professionals
  Elanco USA Division of Eli Lilly that provides products and knowledge to improve animal health and food production; organized OH Antibiotic Stewardship Summit, invited world OH leaders
  CEVA Animal Health USA Early sponsor of the One Health Commission; mission to help feed growing global population, prevent zoonoses, and enhance the human–animal bond
  Galaxy Diagnostics, Inc. USA Based in North Carolina, performs human and animal testing for Bartonella and follows an OH philosophy
  Land O’Lakes International Development USA Focuses on nutrition and human livelihoods from a ‘One Health’ standpoint, recognizing that human and animal health/nutrition are interrelated
  US BIOLOGIC USA A ‘One Health’ company that looks to disease prevention across animals and humans and pays close attention to ecological factors
  Zoetis, Inc. USA Global animal health company that takes a OH approach, developing tools and supportive resources to support livestock and promote public health, food safety/security
A version of this table that includes URL links current at time of publication is available as a Supplementary file.
OHITF, One Health Initiative Task Force; OHC, One Health Commission; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; USAID, US Agency for International Development; USDA, US Department of Agriculture; APHIS, Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service; UMN, University of Minnesota.

Academic One Health training opportunities

Certificates, Masters, and PhD programs

Thirteen institutions in North America offer Major/Minor, Certificate, Masters, or PhD programs grounded in the One Health concept. More information about their specific activities is presented in Table 1. The Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Master of Science (MSc) One Health degree; the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Masters of Public Health (MPH) grounded in ‘an interdisciplinary One Health approach’; and Tufts University offers a Masters in Conservation Medicine (MCM) that uses a One Health approach. Cornell University will offer an MPH degree with a focus on epidemiology, food systems, infectious disease, and sustainability starting in fall 2017. The University of Florida offers a Master of Health Sciences (MHS) in One Health as well as what is believed to be the first One Health PhD program created and developed originally by one of the coauthors of this article (G.C.G.). The University of Washington offers its MPH students a training program in Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI) that promotes a One Health approach. The University of Tennessee operates a joint DVM-MPH program that integrates One Health concepts into its curriculum. Similarly, two University of Illinois campuses, Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, have made a partnership to operate a joint doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM)-MPH. At the undergraduate level, the Chicago campus also offers a Bachelor of Public Health degree with a One Health theme, and the University of California, Davis offers a Global Disease Biology major. Berry College offers a One Health minor. Fontbonne University offers an undergraduate One Health Certificate, and in Canada, the University of Saskatchewan offers a Graduate Certificate in One Health.

Academic One Health training, research, and outreach programs

While relatively few academic institutions operate designated degree or certificate programs, many have One Health focused degrees, programs, groups, or initiatives. Due to space reason, in this article we limit this discussion to only the largest programs (listed in alphabetical order) with additional institutions known to provide significant One Health training listed in Table 1.

Duke University is home to the Duke One Health Training Program and Duke One Health Research Team. During the last 9 years, this One Health Training Program (initially offered at Iowa State University and then at the University of Florida) has trained three cohorts of One Health trainees. The 4th annual program will be held on May–June of 2017. The program involves 3.5 weeks of intense graduate training in One Health (four courses) and often engages international professional and graduate students from 10 or more countries (26).

Duke faculty, along with faculty from NCSU, the UNC, and other institutions in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Research Triangle Park area, participate in the NC OHC. Since 2010, this group has overseen a One Health Intellectual Exchange Group discussion series at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and an interinstitutional course called One Health: Philosophy to Practical Integration, cross listed at Duke University, NCSU, and UNC and offered to area graduate and undergraduate students.

Duke University also partners with Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Medical University Singapore and Duke Kunshan University, China to exchange graduate students and professionals conducting One Health training and research (27). Duke University has a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded D43 training program for teams of US and Mongolian professionals to conduct 2 years of One Health zoonotic disease research. Finally, Duke University is conducting NIH-funded R01 of zoonotic influenza transmission with multiple research institution partners in China (28).

Ohio State University’s (OSU) recently retired dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), Dr. Lonnie J. King [DVM, MS, MPA] has been an extraordinary One Health leader. After chairing the 2007–2008 OHITF, Dr. King was instrumental in taking the One Health conversation into US national arenas. Among his various efforts, one was organizing One Health workshops in the National Academy of Sciences (29). Under his leadership, the OSU CVM expanded programs that take an integrated approach to addressing animal, environmental, and human health, and it offers a MPH with a Veterinary Public Health specialization (30).

Individuals and colleges outside the CVM have also expanded their OH research, training, and outreach activities. Ohio State faculty and staff have created iTunes U courses related to their One Health projects (31). An OSU student organization, Buckeyes Without Borders, was formed in 2009 to bring together graduate students from a wide range of disciplines, including audiology, dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, social work, speech language pathology, and veterinary medicine (32).

OSU’s health sciences colleges have gained particular recognition. The Ohio State Global OHI was launched in 2009, and it partnered with Ohio State’s seven health sciences colleges with 19 institutes in Ethiopia and the rest in the United States. Training students (from Ethiopia and the United States) in One Health Summer Institutes is one of the OSU Health Sciences-Ethiopia Partnership’s priority areas to build capacity and strengthen collaboration (33). The Initiative has brought in additional partners and begun to extend its reach into eastern Africa, Brazil, and Southeast Asia (34).

OSU’s efforts have involved not only students but also the broader One Health community. In 2015, OSU was a co-organizer of the Third International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) (35). The OSU Extension Division organizes One Health conferences where public health officials, veterinarians, and extension workers can learn about and discuss issues relevant to public, veterinary medical, and environmental health (36).

The Texas A&M University (TAMU) OHI was started in 2011 by the deans and faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and the College of Medicine (37). A One Health program coordinator and an assistant dean were hired in 2012. The Initiative provides a One Health Learning Community for undergraduate students aimed at introducing the One Health concept to students early in their educational careers. For faculty, a TAMU One Health Grand Challenge funding program was initiated in 2014; four major OH research themes were identified, and a plan was implemented to bring faculty from across TAMU into collaborative, inter-/transdisciplinary research partnerships. Information on some of these partnerships, along with early outcomes, can be found on the TAMU website (38).

The TAMU One Health On-Campus Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for two professional and/or graduate students to participate in a 13-week hands-on research program at the university. One Health educational and student research opportunities are available across the campus. One Health Student Travel Grants are awarded to selected students to present One Health research at scientific conferences. The TAMU OH program oversees a One Health Seminar Series (39) and has implemented outreach programs in Nicaragua and China. A final opportunity for One Health outreach at TAMU is the Student One Health Association (SOHA), which is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students (40).

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) One Health Institute was created in 2009 as a result of a strong commitment to the One Health approach (41). The institute leads the PREDICT Project which is a part of the USAID EPT Program. In partnership with USAID, WCS, EcoHealth Alliance, Metabiota, and the Smithsonian Institution, PREDICT researchers contribute to global surveillance efforts to detect pathogens of pandemic potential and prevent spillover between wildlife and people (42). UC Davis’ Wildlife Health Center operates the OHI Lab, which serves as a primary research facility for PREDICT (43).

The One Health Institute leads the Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) Project, a collaborative, capacity-building program that brings together researchers from the United States and Tanzania to study the effects of zoonotic diseases and water management practices on individuals living within Tanzania’s Ruaha ecosystem (44). UC Davis is also home to the Calvin Schwabe Project, which has been named in honor of the former UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine professor (Calvin Schwabe) who coined the term ‘one medicine’ (40). The Calvin Schwabe Project offers a wide range of OH opportunities to veterinary students, encouraging them to approach their future careers with an appreciation of the interconnectedness of animal, environmental, and human health (45).

Outside the CVM, the UC Davis Global Health Department program offers One Health Graduate and Undergraduate seminars, as well as One Health in Action, an intensive, 4-week field course, teaching students to apply the One Health approach to complex problems (46).

UC Davis has extended its One Health activities to include students within the larger University of California system. The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) was established as a partnership between the UC Davis and UC Riverside, but its programs and opportunities are available to students at any of the 10 UC campuses (47). One of the three ‘Centers of Expertise’ initially established within UCGHI was a One Health Center, specializing in research into problems that occur at the ‘human-water-animal-food interface’ (47, 48). The center offers OH Student Research Fellowships to both graduate and professional students interested in integrating a One Health approach into their global health research efforts (49).

The University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute is home to its One Health Center of Excellence for Research and Training (which was first organized by one of the coauthors of this article (G.C.G). The center oversees the quarterly online One Health Newsletter, which publishes One Health papers as well as event(s) details, to subscribers from a wide range of disciplines (50). The University of Florida’s Department of Environmental and Global Health launched two degree programs that immerse trainees in the One Health concept: an MHS, One Health Concentration, and a PhD of Public Health, One Health Concentration, as mentioned previously (5153). The summer training program now offered by Duke University was first operated as a Certificate program at the University of Florida under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Gray prior to his move to Duke.

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has had a long established and notable One Health program, and One Health education continues to be a high priority under the current dean, Joan C. Hendricks [VMD, PhD] (54). It is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The relationship between animal health and human health is the core of its teaching tradition so that students can learn first-hand how veterinary medicine and research impacts human lives as well as the lives of animals. In 2015, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, a Commonwealth One Health Scholarship was initiated, providing a full tuition subsidy for 4 years of veterinary school at Penn Vet. The first two recipients demonstrated a strong commitment to food animal medicine. For faculty, deans of the four health schools at the University of Pennsylvania – the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Nursing Science, the School of Dental Medicine, and the School of Veterinary Medicine – annually present a One Health Award for significant, collaborative research conducted by faculty, highlighting those engaged in professional education bridging two or more of the schools with outreach and innovation in training and service in clinics or to the community.

The University of Saskatchewan sponsors a 3-day One Health Leadership Experience each fall, where as many as 200 professionals from multiple disciplines meet to discuss employing One Health in modern complex problems settings. Participants in this program earn a Graduate Certificate in One Health (55). The University of Saskatchewan also hosts a One Health Research Development Grants Competition that has funded nine projects in 2 years (56).

Students for One Health (SOH) groups have formed all over the world to further One Health education and awareness, often forging paths at their universities and educating academic faculty. They implement local discussions on One Health topics, and some go into local communities to hold One Health ‘clinics’ where health needs of both pets and people are addressed. Students embrace One Health very readily and are not yet entrenched in disciplinary silos. They are extremely comfortable in interacting with students studying in disciplines other than their own. It is very important to give students the chance to form relationships across disciplines very early in their training as these relationships will follow them throughout their careers, increasing their future comfort for working across professions.

Realizing that these students are the next generation of One Health leaders, the OHC supports any student group working for One Health by providing an SOH web page, Who’s Who in SOH page, an SOH listserv (57), and an online meeting platform so that they can connect with each other. Educational opportunities are gathered and posted, and a mentor program is being planned. SOH groups that we are aware of are included at the bottom of Table 1. SOH groups that we are not yet aware of are encouraged to share information about their groups and their One Health activities.

Non-academic One Health training, research, and outreach

As mentioned earlier, One Health education is not confined to a traditional academic setting. As interest in, and the need for, taking a multidisciplinary or transdisciplinary approach to addressing complex problems has grown, visionary researchers and health professionals have sought to integrate One Health approaches into their work. Many non-academic organizations discussed below (and additional ones listed in Table 2), including for-profit corporations, have embraced One Health and are actively leading One Health training and research.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) maintains and supports a standing One Health Committee and hosted in 2015 a competition of One Health Case Studies, illustrating applications of One Health approaches. These studies, along with facilitator materials, are available online and free to use for teaching in many settings (58). They are a part of AAVMC’s One Health Interprofessional Education Initiative, an effort to integrate One Health training into veterinary degree programs around the United States. The AAVMC demonstrated its commitment to educating about the concept by making One Health the focus of its 2014 Annual Conference, entitled ‘One Health in Veterinary Medical Education’ (59).

National US and Canada Veterinary Medical Associations actively support the One Health concept. The AVMA hosts multiple-day One Health tracts at its annual conventions. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has demonstrated its commitment to promoting One Health by making the theme of its 2016 Animal Health Week ‘One Health: Animal Health+Human Health+Planet Health’ (60).

The Georgia Aquarium leads a One Ocean, One Health initiative, making a commitment to recognize the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental well-being and not study animals in isolation (61). One of its research and conservation goals is to build the One Ocean One Health Research Institute in Marineland, Florida, which could establish itself as a pioneer of the One Health concept in ocean science (62).

The Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute has led multiple One Health conferences, including a 2016 One Health Innovations Symposium that was hosted in partnership with the Schools of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri and Kansas State University. This 2-day symposium focused on the translational and comparative aspects of human and animal medicine (63).

The One Health Academy, founded in 2006 in Washington, DC, oversees monthly gatherings of health professionals and government officials interested in dialogue, social engagement, learning, and collaboration. By offering networking opportunities, educational presentations and opportunities for discussion, networking and mentoring, these events allow federal, non-profit, clinical, and private industry leaders to interact directly and form relationships that often lead to collaborations (64).

The One Health Commission, created in 2009 as a result of recommendations by the OHITF, is a globally focused 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to ‘Connect’ One Health Advocates, to ‘Create’ networks and teams that can work together across disciplines, and to ‘Educate’ about One Health and One Health issues (63). Based in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, USA, the Commission is governed by a Board of Directors comprising representatives from organizations that fund its work. It is also supported by individual and corporate donations. It serves as an action arm for One Health, a gateway for active education and exchange of knowledge, sharing of resources, and collaborative projects that reach beyond disciplinary boundaries. Its volunteer One Health Action Teams identify knowledge and education gaps and take actions to address them. To encourage the next generation of One Health leaderst, the OHC supports SOH groups and includes elected student representatives on its Board of Directors (65).

The One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono team (see Non-Academic One Health Training, Research, and Outreach section).

The Zoobiquity Initiative and Conferences were started by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD, a professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of Cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, who noticed the many parallels between human and animal health conditions and set out to raise awareness among her colleagues. In 2011, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz founded the ongoing annual Zoobiquity Conference series to bring together human and animal medicine leaders for direct discussions about how to diagnose and treat the conditions that afflict animals and humans alike. In 2012, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz and coauthor Kathryn Bowers published their book Zoobiquity in which they highlighted the many conditions that plague both humans and animals and advocated for a cross-species approach to health care. The Zoobiquity Research Initiative also started a program that brings together UCLA medical students and UC Davis veterinary students for discussions of mutual health care interest (66). This valuable project highlights and promotes many collaborative, comparative medicine/translational medicine research achievements over previous decades.

One Health research activities

As evidenced from Table 1 and the aforementioned discussions, a number of training programs in North America provide opportunities for One Health research. Students and investigators seeking research funding and other opportunities may look to the OHC website which maintains a list of funding and grant opportunities. The Commission also requests that the One Health Community send future opportunities to be posted and shared on this web page (67).

Funding for One Health research has often come from the US government. As of September 2016, a search of the website with the keyword ‘One Health’ will reveal more than 79 previous or currently active funding opportunities. Both the CDC and USDA have formally endorsed One Health (68). The USAID has also devoted financial and human resources to OH research in training; its EPT Programs 1 and 2 have awarded grants to investigators to build a One Health Workforce in developing countries that are most threatened by emerging diseases with animal, environmental, and human health implications. One Health research also receives non-governmental support in the United States: the Gates Foundation and several universities have sponsored significant One Health research.

The Canadian government has demonstrated its support for One Health. One Health researchers have been successful in applying for grants offered specifically for collaborative/interdisciplinary work. The Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRPs), operated jointly by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), have provided research funding to programs such as the One Health Certificate program at the University of Saskatchewan. Government agencies of Canada are themselves embracing the One Health concept in their programs and research projects: the Public Health Agency of Canada claims to be ‘pursuing activities that are consistent with a One Health approach’, and its Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (CFEZID) hosted the One World One Health Expert Consultation in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2009 (69, 70). Among the Agency’s One Health-consistent activities are the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS), which takes a One Health approach to combat AMR that ‘spans human, animal, agricultural, food, and environmental sectors’, and FoodNet, Canada, a comprehensive sentinel site surveillance system (71).


In North America, it is clear that One Health has gained considerable recognition over the past decade and is being rapidly recognized as an efficacious and expeditious approach to address today’s most complex problems. Many One Health stakeholders see it as a means to accomplish the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and a viable path to planetary health (72). Numerous academic, government, and private partners are providing One Health training and research opportunities. Yet, in our opinion, it is unclear whether the One Health ‘movement’ will evolve into a mainstream ‘discipline’ or remain an ‘approach’ to global public and planetary health as some One Health leaders advocate. Those arguing for the One Health sciences to become a discipline encourage that path because it would provide opportunities for young professionals to pursue careers in One Health. Those arguing against are concerned that we might dilute out the ‘depth’ of training that specialties provide and urge that young professionals choose their discipline, hone their skills, and do their work in a One Health way. It may be that our future path lies somewhere between the two scenarios, with some One Health specialists trained to be experts in the areas that fall at the intersections of animal, environmental, and human health. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, there is an ever growing global understanding and appreciation of the value of the One Health paradigm shift that will make this bridging across disciplines the default way of doing business at all levels of academia, research, government, policy, and law.


The authors would like to thank Tai Xie (visiting PhD student scholar from Second Military Medical University, Shanghai) for performing the initial web searches for the tabular information in this report. This work was supported in part by a grant from Fogarty International Center of the US National Institutes of Health, grant no. 5D43TW009373 (Prof. Gregory C. Gray, PI).


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About The Authors

Cheryl Stroud
One Health Commission
United States

Executive Director

Bruce Kaplan
One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team
United States

Co-Founder One Health Initiative team/website

Jenae E. Logan
Duke University, School of Medicine and Global Health Institute
United States

Research Analyst, Division of Infectious Disease

Gregory C. Gray
Duke University, School of Medicine and Global Health Institute
United States

Professor, Division of Infectious Disease

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