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

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…

Global HealthWisconsin teachers connect human and planetary health in new lessons for studentsA dozen Wisconsin K-12 teachers went back to school for the last year to learn more about the connections between the health of humans and the health of the planet. The K-12 teachers from Madison, …Read more…

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