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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

Global HealthNew book explores link between social, environmental challengesGHI Grant Writer Daegan Miller's book “This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent” explores ideas of freedom, justice and progress through four interlocked essays.Read more…

Global HealthLocal to global connection: Dairy project expands Wisconsin Idea to EthiopiaWisconsin’s reputation as a dairy capital is giving postdoctoral research fellow Heidi Busse the chance to develop unique partnerships in countries, such as Ethiopia, where milk is not as available.Read more…

Finding a weak link in the frightful parasite SchistosomaJuly 11, 2018PLOS Collections: Climate Change and HealthJuly 11, 2018Zika virus infection may multiply risk of miscarriage, stillbirthJuly 5, 2018GHI Advisory Committee member Yoshihiro Kawaoka creates tool allowing scientists to witness influenza infection in a living animalJune 27, 20182018 Mandela Washington Fellows bring global expertise to UW campusJune 27, 2018More news »