What is One Health?
One Health recognizes the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health, and that a holistic approach to the well-being of all will lead to improved health outcomes and enhanced resilience.
Veterinarians coined the term “One Health” to capture how relationships between humans, animals and the environment affect the spread of diseases. More than 70 percent of emerging human diseases are zoonotic, meaning they originate in animals. It’s a critical area of research, education and outreach.
One Health employs an interdisciplinary approach to problems. By seeking to treat root causes, it’s often more successful than traditional methods that focus on symptoms. The One Health paradigm has been endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Arctic Council.
One Health concepts and ideas lie at the core of Indigenous worldviews and are inextricably linked to the development of a sustainable future in the Arctic.
At UAF, we define health as a state of individual and community well-being that encompasses
not only physical health but also mental, behavioral, emotional, cultural and spiritual
health. Every discipline at UAF can contribute vitally to building our One Health
We plan to create interdisciplinary teams to build research, education and outreach programs around a strong and inclusive One Health center.
- Improve our research capacity and more effectively promote well-being in the North.
- Build teams to create research, education and outreach programs around One Health.
- Create long-term funding opportunities through collaboration.
What's New with One Health?
October 2020Marilyn Russell pledged a generous donation to help support the Center for One Health Research.Read Her Story
October 2020The UAF Center for One Health Research (COHR) was approved for their One Health Master's (OHM). The first cohort began Fall 2020Learn more about the program
Aug 11, 2020The University of Alaska Fairbanks has formed a partnership with edX, a trusted platform for learning, to increase access to courses that feature its Arctic research.View the Courses
Aug 6, 2020Alaska is an IDeA state. What does that mean for you here at UAF? It means opportunity. Here are some of the programs you can get involved with while here at UAF.Read article
April 16, 2020
"When Laurie Meythaler-Mullins arrived in the village of Holy Cross for the first time last October, she wasn’t quite prepared for her reception in the Southwest Alaska community."