The One Health Program is administratively housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The Program focuses on an integrated assessment of health issues through the consideration of human, animal, and environmental aspects to address complex disease systems. The discipline emphasizes four core areas:
- Integrated thinking to identify critical linkages among human, animal, and environmental systems and how they can be targeted for intervention.
- Monitoring and surveillance to recognize components, sentinel events, data sources and systems, and ways to integrate data to detect and prevent public health events.
- Applications of One Health through the use of epidemiologic and ecologic evidence to inform public policy, public health practice, animal management and critical steps for outbreak investigations.
- Interprofessional conduct and practice
The Master of Public Health (MPH) in One Health trains students in the theory and application of utilizing One Health approaches to address complex public health challenges. Students with undergraduate degrees in various biological (microbiology, ecology, animal sciences, etc.) or physical sciences, anthropology, global health and others will have the background to be successful in this Master’s. The program gives students the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of public health methodologies while at the same time, exposing them to the web of partnerships that is crucial to the successful implantation of a public health program including disciplines in microbiology, animal sciences, natural resources, climate change, water use and protection, arid lands, entomology and more. Following graduation, students could be expected to work in local, state or federal health departments, NGOs, foundations, global health agencies, agricultural agencies and companies, academia and others.
The MEZCOPH One Health program bridges faculty from ten colleges and over a dozen departments at the University of Arizona, including the College of Public Health, College of Medicine and the College of Veterinary Sciences. Faculty in One Health have expertise in the following areas:
- Food Safety and Food Security
- Vectorborne and Emerging Zoonotic Diseases
- Border and Rural Health
- Water Safety and Security
- Environmental Health
- Human Exposure Science
- One Health at the Local, State and National Levels
- Surveillance Systems for Human and Animal Diseases
- Outbreak Investigations
- Antibiotic Stewardship
- Infectious Disease Modeling
- Microbial and Chemical Risk Assessment
In addition, we offer a diverse student body with a low faculty to student ratio. We value an effective advising and mentoring environment. The rich research diversity, with interdisciplinary, community-based programs, results in a robust learning atmosphere ripe for student engagement with the community, with researchers and within advanced laboratories.