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A resource guide focusing on the interconnected health of people, animals, and ecosystems.
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One World, One Health Introduction

William Karesh, D.V.M., head of the the Field Veterinary Program (FVP) of the Wildlife Conservation Society. 

See related article from NIH


What is the One Health Initiative?

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In a nutshell:

"The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans and animals. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations."

--From the One Health Initiative Website

For more about the one health initiative see:


From The Univeristy of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Strategic Plan:

Center for One Medicine

flightWe are proposing a new University-wide program that would help prepare society to address the animal and human dimensions of emerging public health issues, such as avian influenza and anti-microbial resistance. This program will support studies at the intersection of wildlife disease, sustainable agriculture, conservation medicine, and human and environmental health. Ultimately, this work will inform and improve public health policy.


Recent UIUC Publications

J Vet Med Educ. 2009 Winter;36(4):397-402.

A public-policy practicum to address current issues in human, animal, and ecosystem health.

Herrmann JA, Johnson YJ, Troutt HF, Prudhomme T.

There are recognized needs for cross-training health professionals in human, animal, and ecosystem health and for public health policy to be informed by experts from medical, science, and social science disciplines. Faculty members of the Community Health and Preventive Medicine Section at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have offered a public-policy course designed to meet those needs. The course was designed as a practicum to teach students the policy-making process through the development of policy proposals and to instruct students on how to effectively present accurate scientific, demographic, and statistical information to policy makers and to the public. All students substantially met the learning objectives of the course. This course represents another model that can be implemented to help students learn about complex, multifactorial issues that affect the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems, while promoting participation in public health policy development.


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With Thanks

This guide is a modified version of the One Health Portal developed by the Librarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Ebling Library and Steenbock Library.  Many thanks for permission to take their template and resources and tailor them to the Illinois audience.


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