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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

Two female high school students listen to a speaker.Global HealthUW High School Global Health Day opens doors to the world for Wisconsin studentsThe Sixth Annual High School Global Public Health Day, co-hosted by GHI, opens doors to new career possibilities and new awareness of all the factors that determine health in Wisconsin and the world.Read more…

Global HealthNew faces join GHIThis fall semester, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) has welcomed seven new team members who are committed to ensuring health for all and helping spread the institute’s mission.Read more…

‘Foray’ draws scientists to Wisconsin in search of mushrooms, fellowshipNovember 26, 2018Call for abstracts: UW National One Health Day ColloquiumOctober 9, 2018In dangerous fungal family’s befriending of plants, a story of lossOctober 1, 2018Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Lab has new director, new directionSeptember 12, 2018An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communitiesAugust 29, 2018More news »