University of Florida (USA) Environmental and Global Health Department Works to Develop Progressive, New “One Health” Degree Programs:   College of Public Health and Health Professions Published August 8, 2011 -- The Department of Environmental and Global Health is working to develop several new graduate degree programs with a One Health concentration. The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans. A One Health, or holistic approach to health reflects the need for interconnectedness between different disciplines of science and medicine.  As noted by the American Veterinary Medical Association, although new opportunities have emerged to promote health in the rapidly changing human, animal, and environment domains, our ability to protect, improve, and advance health cannot be based on strategies and mindsets in the past. Rather, we need to adopt an integrated, holistic approach that reflects both our profound interdependence and the realization that we are part of a larger ecological system—exquisitely and elaborately connected. The Department of Environmental and Global Health is in the process of developing One Health degrees including Certificate, Masters, and PhD programs. It is the vision of EGH Department Chair, Dr. Greg Gray, to attract and train both US and international students for One Health professional training. Training for the proposed One Health programs encompass studies in environmental health, modern laboratory techniques, epidemiology, biostatistics, food safety, animal science, soil and water engineering, toxicology, modern animal production, human and animal ecological studies, climate change, geographical information systems, and zoonotic infections research. For more information regarding the proposed One Health degree programs, please contact EGH Program Assistant for Graduate Studies, Nikki Burke, at For more information on the One Health Initiative, please visit their website. See website link: