“ is a great way to explain to MD [physician] colleagues why medical students need to know about One Health!...”.



Biomed Central Open Access

Incorporating one health into medical education

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Published: 23 February 2017

  • *Peter M. Rabinowitz1Email author,
  • Barbara J. Natterson-Horowitz2,
  • Laura H. Kahn3,
  • Richard Kock4 and
  • Marguerite Pappaioanou5


“One Health is an emerging concept that stresses the linkages between human, animal, and environmental health, as well as the need for interdisciplinary communication and collaboration to address health issues including emerging zoonotic diseases, climate change impacts, and the human-animal bond. It promotes complex problem solving using a systems framework that considers interactions between humans, animals, and their shared environment. While many medical educators may not yet be familiar with the concept, the One Health approach has been endorsed by a number of major medical and public health organizations and is beginning to be implemented in a number of medical schools. In the research setting, One Health opens up new avenues to understand, detect, and prevent emerging infectious diseases, and also to conduct translational studies across species. In the clinical setting, One Health provides practical ways to incorporate environmental and animal contact considerations into patient care. This paper reviews clinical and research aspects of the One Health approach through an illustrative case updating the biopsychosocial model and proposes a basic set of One Health competencies for training and education of human health care providers.”


*Dr. Rabinowitz is a longstanding physician supporter/advocate/activist and a member of the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team’s (OHI) Advisory Board  He said about this published One Health article, “ is a great way to explain to MD [physician] colleagues why medical students need to know about One Health!...”.


Note:  Drs. Rabinowitz, Natterson-Horowitz, and Kahn [a co-founder of the OHI team and OHI website] are physicians.  Drs. Kock and Pappaioanou are veterinarians.