Why One Health

Addressing threats from the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases – almost 70 percent originate in  animals – calls for One Health: integration of the sciences of human medicine, animal medicine, public health, and ecologic and environmental sciences.

But achieving One Health will require much more: developing partnerships among international organizations, government agencies, private foundations, and the health care industry; producing a new generation of health care workers with a broader vision of infection control; developing strategies and policies that are effective, while also reflecting the economic realities of both industrialized and third-world nations; and effective communication with the public.


  • Promote interdisciplinary research initiatives, new collaborations and greater synergy.
  • Develop the next generation of infectious disease scholars and prepare them to view the challenges of infectious diseases through multidisciplinary lens.
  • Strive to improve global health in an integrated manner.