Operationalizing a One Health approach to global health challenges

Patricia A Conrad, Laura A. Meek, Joe Dumit

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The One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal and ecosystem health, encourages collaboration between diverse disciplines to address complex health problems. The advantages and challenges posed by these interdisciplinary collaborations are described in this review. Learning networks where diverse participants can openly share processes, best practices, and case studies are discussed as a strategy for conducting transdisciplinary One Health research and tackling complex global health problems. The 11 papers in this special issue are also introduced as they illustrate how a One Health approach can be applied to better understand and control zoonotic pathogens, engage community stakeholders in One Health research and utilize wildlife species, most notably sea otters and birds, as sentinels of ecosystem health. Collaboration is rarely without complications; however, drawing on these insights may benefit the process of operationalizing the One Health approach to address today's global health challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-216
Number of pages6
JournalComparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Community engagement
  • Ecosystem health
  • Global health
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Learning networks
  • One Health
  • Transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Wildlife sentinel
  • Zoonotic disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • veterinary(all)


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