The One Health Initiative: Celebrating (The First Official) Decade of Discovery
The health of humans is connected and dependent upon the health of animals and the environment. This interconnected health triad of human, animal and environment comprises the basic fundamental structure of the One Health Initiative, which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, ecological sciences, public health and the basic sciences to promote wellbeing. Though the origins of One Health have been identified in the writings of Hippocrates, it was not until 2006 that this idea was formally promoted to use as a global integrative health strategy. Since this time, various institutions including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S National Environmental Health Association, the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Public Health Physicians have endorsed this concept. Over the last decade, the One Health Initiative has led to many discoveries in science, policy and medicine. Through this course, students will be introduced to the principles of One Health and discuss the application of this multidisciplinary approach to better understand the intersection between animals, humans, and the environment with respect to science, research, and health.