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One Health

What is One Health?

One Health is an initiative stemming from the collaboration of multiple disciplines working on all levels to bring about the optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. This concept requires the study of various populations and assessment of their health in relation of the rest of their environment and what is around them. Therefore, in order to understand the health of any population, one much consider what a population come in contact with, whether directly or indirectly, and the kind of environment in which the population resides.

The field of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases is the most obvious example of the association between humans, animals and their environments. As a result of an increasing recognition of the importance of these relationships, One Health has come to represent an unified theoretical framework under which physicians, veterinarians, public health officials, epidemiologists, biomedical researchers, ecologists, water quality experts, and many others, collaborate to more fully understand the complex relationships that contribute to overall health and disease.
~ One Health Center, Berry College

One Health (sometimes called “One Medicine”) programs have been established at the CDC, WHO, and at several leading universities, including UC-Davis and UGA. Berry College has joined these institutions through the formation of a One Health Center with the goal of bringing together health-related disciplines within our academic schools and beyond for the promotion of continued research and a better understanding of the interconnections between human, animal, and environmental health. 

The One Health Center is managed by a committee of Berry College faculty with expertise in the fields of Biology and Ecology, Animal Science and Animal Health, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases.

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