One Health

One Health is defined as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and ecosystems.

One Health is dedicated to improving the lives of humans and animals through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science.  The Minor in One Health complements a wide variety of popular majors across the university, including animal science, biology, biochemistry, environmental studies, food science, immunology and infectious diseases, nursing, nutrition, public health, social sciences, toxicology and veterinary and biomedical sciences. The Minor in One Health will help students better understand the interdependencies of health (human, animal and ecosystem), and how activities of their discipline and can more effectively enhance and promote health.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 21 credits for this minor of which 12 of credits are for four core courses for the One Health Minor. A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course in order to complete the minor. The core courses provide a foundation of knowledge pertaining to public health aspects of animal, human and environmental health. The remainder of the nine credits towards this minor can be done by taking supportive courses in a variety of disciplines, including Animal Science, Biobehavioral Health, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Biology, Community, Environment and Development, Entomology, Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Systems Engineering, Food Science, Forestry, Geography, Geosciences, Microbiology, Nutrition, Sociology and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Core Courses

  • VBSC 340 (3) - Introduction to Human and Veterinary Public Health
  • VBSC 344 (3) - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • VBSC 355 (3) - One Health
  • VBSC 356 (3) - Case Studies in Global One Health

Supportive Courses

Students must select nine credits from the following:

  • AN SC 419W (3) Applied Animal Welfare
  • BB H 302 (3) Diversity and Health
  • BMB 464 (3) Molecular Medicine
  • BMH 490 (3) Bioethics and Medical Humanities
  • BIOL 415 (3) Ecotoxicology
  • CED 442 (3) Changing Food Systems
  • ENT 450 (3) Medical Entomology
  • ERM 430 (3) Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • ENVSE 450 (3) Environmental Health and Safety
  • FD SC 408 (3) Food Microbiology
  • FOR 430/WFS 430 (3) Conservation Biology
  • GEOG 436 (3) Ecology, Economy and Society
  • GEO SC 402Y (3) Natural Disasters
  • MICRB 412 (3) Medical Microbiology
  • NUTR 430 (3) Global Food Strategies, Problems and Prospects for reducing World Hunger
  • SOC 423 (3) Social Demography
  • Veterinary and Medical Sciences (Any ONE course from each of the three majors)
    • VB SC 403H (3) Principles of Animal Disease Control
    • VB SC 402W (3) Biology of Parasites
    • VB SC 409 (3) Diseases of Wildlife
    • VB SC 418 (2) Bacterial Pathogenesis
    • VB SC 435 (3) Viral Pathogenesis
    • VB SC 430 (3) Principles of Toxicology
    • VB SC 431 (3) Environmental Toxicology


The minor will be available starting Spring 2020. Students can enroll for the minor via LionPATH. The students should have completed at least three semesters at Penn State. Please contact Dr. Bhushan Jayarao () to further discuss requirements for the minor.