The groundbreaking field of One Health – understanding how human health is deeply interconnected with animal health and environmental health – will guide the future of public health around the world. Learn to stop disease with the One Health perspective!
The One Health minor will guide students to understand how human health is deeply intertwined with the health of animals and the environment, including how disease spreads between animals and humans (zoonotic disease). This foundational knowledge in One Health can be applied in a variety of health promotion programs, prevent the spread of disease, and help prepare students to pursue an advanced degree.
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in research, teaching and service. Our Minor in One Health serves as an extension of our mission to promote health and social justice locally and globally.
If you’re interested in how climate change and shifts in human interaction with the natural world affect the health of humans everywhere, this fascinating new realm of public health practice may be the path for you. The more we learn, the more we understand that human health is deeply intertwined with the health of animals and the environment. Students who pursue the new field of study called One Health will look at human health in the context of these deep connections between people and the natural world, especially how disease transmits between animals and humans.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recognizes the One Health (www.cdc.gov/onehealth) approach as the key to future global health promotion for humans and the environment, and the CDC provides funding for research and health promotion projects based on this comprehensive perspective. To meet the health challenges of a rapidly changing world, new strategies are needed, and One Health will show the way.
Admission to the minor requires a minimum 2.5 GPA.
How to Declare the Minor
See the academic advising page to determine your academic advisor (determined by the student's campus and last name).
Send your prospective advisor a brief statement of interest (approximately 300 words) on why you'd like to add the minor to your degree. Note: Admission into the minor does not guarantee entry into public health courses as course registration depends on meeting course pre-requisites and course availability.