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

A diver holds dead mussel shells.Global HealthMass freshwater mussel die-offs linked to new virusUntil now, no one has been able to pin down why the world’s wild, freshwater mussels—often unnoticed and underappreciated engineers of stream and river health—are facing massive, unexpected die-offs. In a paper published today (September …Read more…

Global HealthHealth-Oriented Transportation Innovation Scholars conclude program with unique case studiesFrom streetcars in Milwaukee and aging buses in Madison, to cleaner air and better bikes, the 2019-2020 Health-Oriented Transportation (HOT) Innovation Scholars brought local perspectives to international issues of transportation and health upon completion of …Read more…

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