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One Health Initiative

One Health Research

The more we learn, the more we understand that human health is deeply intertwined with the health of animals and the environment. The emerging field of study called One Health looks at human health in the context of these deep connections between people and the natural world, so we can find and deliver solutions that keep communities healthy.

A Global Health Challenge

To meet the health challenges of a rapidly changing world, new strategies are needed, and the One Health approach sees the complex connections between human health, animal health, and environmental health. At the Zuckerman College of Public Health, we offer a range of programs to train the next generation of One Health researchers and public health professionals. We also conduct community-engaged, cross-disciplinary One Health research to meet the global health challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Building on One Health knowledge, we find ways to apply what we learn from research, to implement programs and policies that improve health and wellness for communities that are adversely affected by health threats connected to environmental and animal health.

As ecosystems shift due to human interaction or climate change, those shifts lead to altered patterns of disease transmission. Diseases that spread between animals and people – known as zoonotic infections – are common around the globe. The recent COVID-19 pandemic stands out as the most impactful example, yet it will not be the last. A One Health work force is needed to detect, respond, and prevent infectious diseases, epidemics, and pandemics in the U.S. and around the world.

One Health Education

In the Zuckerman College of Public Health, we know how important it is to train the One Health workforce of the future. The college offers a range of degree programs with a One Health focus.

Undergraduate One Health Programs

BS, One Health Track


If you want to meet the public health challenges of the future where human, animal, and environmental health intersect, this is your path to improving global health!

Available Online and In Person

Undergraduate Minor in One Health


For students from many areas of focus, the One Health knowledge provided by this Minor provides a powerful framework to find solutions where human health, animal health, and environmental health intersect.

Available In Person

One Health Undergraduate Certificate


For the current and future public health workforce professional, this program provides knowledge and skills related to the complex interaction between human health, animal health and the environment.

Available Online

Graduate One Health Programs


MPH in One Health


For students who are ready to tackle global health challenges, this interdisciplinary concentration trains students to deploy a One Health approach to address complex public health issues.

Available In Person

Graduate Certificate in One Health


A distance learning program designed to meet the needs of students and professionals, the coursework provides multidisciplinary perspective and expertise in the One Health approach to find solutions for emerging health threats.

Available In Person

One Health Research

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At the Zuckerman College of Public health, we have always understood public health within the context of social and environmental factors. Our recent public health focus on One Health affirms and enhances this approach. Our faculty, especially in the field of exposure science, have been conducting research that investigates the impacts of environmental pollution on human health for many years, working with tribes, farmworkers, firefighters, and many others in Arizona and globally.

Building on this experience and success, the college launched its new One Health Research Initiative (OHRI) in 2020 and recruited Frank von Hippel, PhD, to the Department of Community, Environment and Policy, to lead the OHRI. Frank brings a wealth of experience in One Health research, and leads research projects in the United States and globally. To engage impacted communities with the research and the outcomes, Frank employs a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach that brings community members into the process from start to finish.

New ‘One Health’ Funding for UArizona Students and Faculty

New funding opportunities for students and faculty across the university will promote One Health research.

For more than a decade, faculty in the college have been working on cross-disciplinary and community-engaged One Health research projects, both in the United States and around the globe. The OHRI now facilitates and supports many of these research projects. All our faculty involve students in their research projects so that students gain the knowledge and experience they need to lead future One Health research in public health. Our faculty who conduct One Health research include:


Guided by Frank’s leadership, the college has worked closely with University of Arizona Health Sciences to expand connections across the university, and engage with researchers across the state to build knowledge and capacity around the One Health approach. To build relationships and facilitate this collaborative process, the college has helped to host One Health Symposiums where researchers present and connect.

Frank von Hippel, PhD

Frank von Hippel, PhD

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