One Health

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One Health

Introducing healthy, sustainable food choices. Discovering new viruses before they make the jump from animals to humans. Protecting water sources. Contributing to a safer and more equitable world for all.

These are the ways in which the concept of One Health makes a difference in our lives, the life around us and the planet. This is the idea that the health of humans, animals and the planet are tied together, and we must see them as a whole.

Human health depends on animal health depends on planetary health and vice versa.

One Health calls for collaboration. Between human health care providers, entomologists, engineers, sociologists, dairy and nutrition experts, climate scientists, public health practitioners and more.

Addressing the determinants of health and disease. Learning from communities and colleagues. Sharing knowledge. Finding solutions. Living the Wisconsin Idea.


A researcher uses a fluorescence microscope to analyze cells in a science lab at the Influenza Research Institute at UW-Madisdon. In the background, a computer monitor displays cellular imagery.

One Health News

Global HealthFall 2021-2022 Global Health Tuesdays begin September 28September 28: Anna Kalbarczyk from Johns Hopkins University discusses White Saviorism and Decolonizing Global Health, looking at the effects on global health training.Read more…

photo of Jonathan Patz near a treeGlobal HealthGHI Director Jonathan Patz receives WARF Named ProfessorshipProfessor and Global Health Institute Director Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, was well along in his research linking climate change to health when he arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004—then everything took off. “My …Read more…

EPA Report Shows Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change on Socially Vulnerable Populations in the United StatesSeptember 3, 2021The Climate Emergency is NowAugust 19, 2021Global Warming Is Happening More Rapidly. Wisconsin Is Already Feeling It.August 10, 2021A third of white-tailed deer tested in a survey were exposed to the coronavirusAugust 9, 2021‘It’s Science Fiction Until it Isn’t.’ UW-Madison Joins Global Institute To Help Prepare For, Prevent Future PandemicsJuly 9, 2021More news »


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