One Health Education

Submitted to the One Health Initiative website August 20, 2018 by:

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*Mike Chaddock, DVM, EML, Associate Dean for Administration, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, 784 Wilson Road, Room G100, East Lansing, MI 48824; Office: 517-884-7438; Cell: 703-819-1343;;


There is compelling evidence that our planet is in peril. Human, wildlife and domesticated animal populations face growing health risks from such things as climate change, population growth, zoonotic pandemics and increased urbanization. These health risks are impacted by local and global environmental factors.

One Health is a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health and well-being for humans and animals. It is the intersection and inextricable link between human health and animal health, and the connections between health and natural and man-made environments.  For many individuals, implementing One Health concepts and their related socioeconomic impacts is a cultural, behavioral and paradigm shift.   Many One Health concepts are driven by socioeconomic issues which include, but are not limited to:  population growth; nutritional, agricultural, and trade practices; globalization; shift in land use; accelerated urbanization; deforestation; encroachment on wildlife; and climate change.

Now is the time for academic institutions to step forward in leading new One Health initiatives to create impactful, relevant research-driven solutions and train the next generation of innovative leaders. One Health concepts are ideally suited to provide robust, system-wide health-related solutions that the global society will need and expect. ...


*Note: Dr. Chaddock is a longstanding extraordinary One Health expert, leader and Supporter/Advocate