One Health Minor

Health for humans, animals, and the planet.

The One Health minor examines the well-being of humans and animals through the integration of human and veterinary medicine and environmental science. Learn how health links all living things using concepts and tools from numerous disciplines. See how individual actions affect broader ecosystems.

Career paths: support a whole world of health.

The One Health minor offers a new perspective to approach your other fields of study. With this minor, you can build a career that supports the interdependent relationships between humans and animals. You can pursue jobs in fields such as animal science, biology, environmental studies, food science, nursing, nutrition, pandemic prevention and response, public health, toxicology, and veterinary and biomedical sciences.

A One Health minor is a great option if you:

  • are dedicated to improving the lives of humans and animals
  • are interested in the interdependencies that shape our health and the environment
  • are passionate about promoting health on a local, national, or global scale
  • value interdisciplinary thinking in solving the world’s big problems


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Case Studies in Global One Health
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Introduction to Human and Veterinary Public Health
  • One Health

Sample additional courses

  • Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • Applied Animal Welfare
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • Biology of Parasites
  • Changing Food Systems
  • Climate Sciences: Climate Change, Variability, and Society
  • Conservation Biology
  • Diseases of Wildlife
  • Diversity and Health
  • Ecology, Economy, and Society
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Global Food Strategies, Problems, and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger
  • International Agriculture
  • Medical Entomology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Natural Disasters
  • Principles of Animal Disease Control
  • Principles of Toxicology
  • Social Demography
  • Viral Pathogenesis

Get started.

Students can enroll for the minor via LionPATH. The student should have completed at least three semesters at Penn State. To learn more about requirements for the minor, please email Dr. Jennifer Koehl.

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