Graduate Certificate in One Health

Graduate Certificate in One Health








The One Health curriculum emphasizes the linkages and integration between human, animal, and environmental health. Specific areas of emphasis include zoonotic diseases, the human animal bond, integrated approaches to human, animal, and environmental risk and outcome data, and human animal medicine (including clinical comparative medicine). The Graduate Certificate in One Health is intended to enhance the education of matriculated UW graduate students and professional students beyond their regular course of study. Please note that this certificate is currently only available to UW matriculating students, and is not available online.


Learning Objectives

  1. Identify major zoonotic infectious disease issues.

  2. Identify non-infectious environmental risks affecting both humans and animals.

  3. Define sentinel events in both humans and animals and formulate methods on how to use these events to detect and prevent hazardous exposures.

  4. Describe an integrated assessment of a health issue that considers human, animal, and environmental aspects.

  5. Describe the implementation of an integrated intervention that considers and monitors the impact to humans, animals, and the environment.

  6. Recognize the roles of different members of a One Health team working at the human animal interface and present how to assemble and manage such transdisciplinary team interactions.



To complete the Certificate Program, students must take at least 15 credits comprised of eleven credits of required courses and capstone and four credits of elective courses (from a list of options).


Required Courses (11 credits)

All required courses must be taken for a grade, and a minimal grade of 3.0 is mandatory for all required classes taken in fulfillment of the Graduate Certificate.

  1. ENV H 539 One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment (3)

  2. ENV H 586 OHHAI seminar (2)

  3. GH 511 Problems in Global Health (3) (for non-GH students)


    GH 518 Selected Topics in Global Health: Understanding & Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change (GH students) (3)

  4. Capstone (3) – Independent Credits


Electives (4 credits)

  • The remaining four credits must be taken from the following list of Graduate Courses, though alternative courses may be suggested and accepted as satisfying the certificate requirements on a case-by-case basis (courses already taken cannot retroactively be used as an alternate elective course). Students may select only one course from each elective area. Students are strongly recommended to take elective courses outside of their degree field. Elective courses can be taken for a grade or pass/not pass (if option is available). A “Pass” grade or a minimal grade of 3.0 will be required in all elective classes taken in fulfillment of the Graduate Certificate.


Emerging Infectious Disease

  • ENV H 541 Ecology of Environmentally Transmitted Microbial Hazards (3)

  • ENV H 542 Detection and Control of Environmentally Transmitted Microbial Hazards (3)

  • ENV H 543 Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (3)

  • GH 566 Biochemistry and Genetics of Pathogens and Their Hosts (4)


  • ENV H 544 Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria/Genes Impact on the Environment and Public Health (4)

  • ENV H 547 Environmental Change and Infectious Disease (3)

  • GH 590 E Understanding & Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change (3)

  • LARC 598A Environmental Design for Global Health (3)

Global Health

  • EPI 529/HSERV 536 Emerging Infections of International Public Health Importance (3)

  • GH 501 Core Topics in Global Health (1)

  • GH 502 Contemporary Issues in Global Health (1)

  • GH 503 Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (1)

  • GH/MED 561 Tropical Medicine (1)

Animal Health

  • CMed 540 Animal models (1)

  • CMed 514 Comparative pathology (1)

Social Sciences

  • ANTH 524 Current Issues in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (2)

  • ANTH 573 Current Issues in Environmental Anthropology (2)

  • GH 514 Global Societal Determinants of Health (2-3)


  • EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology (for non-MPH students) (4)

  • EPI 512 Epidemiologic Methods (for non-MPH students) (4)

Policy and Implementation

  • ENV H 584 Policy and Politics (3)

  • GH 541 Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health (4-5)

  • GH 523 Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health (3)


Capstone Experience (3 credits)

All participants must complete a culminating capstone project and students are expected to find their own capstone project. All students completing the certificate are required to present their oral capstone projects (usually in Spring quarter). Students each develop and present an oral presentation during a special capstone presentation session. Students will register for an independent study, 3-credit course.

Students will identify a topic, project or practice site, and submit a brief proposal to the certificate coordinator, Vickie Ramirez ( Ms. Ramirez will help support students in choosing their topics and gaining access to sites, though students will be expected to be self-driven, will be responsible for choosing their own courses, choosing their own capstone project, and work with the site to allow them to do their capstone with them.

The capstone for the certificate is separate from a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation and the student may not use any portion of their thesis or dissertation as their capstone project. However, if there are aspects of their projects that have not been used in their thesis or dissertation, they may use these components for their capstone. The capstone project must directly relate to issues relevant to One Health. (For example, work with a population of animal workers such as dairy farmworkers or veterinarians, or work on a specific emerging zoonotic disease or the human animal bond either in the US or internationally could be an appropriate capstone project.)

Capstone projects will be evaluated during the oral presentations by Center faculty and associate faculty working in the One Health paradigm following a rubric based on the learning objectives above.


Admissions and Mentoring

We expect 3-5 students per year advancing towards the One Health Certificate, and we will cap enrollment at 10 students completing the certificate per year (up to 20 students at any given time). We will take Master’s and PhD students from all departments at UW. The admission’s process requires an application to enter the Certificate program and a meeting to assess the applicant’s interest level and ability to complete the program in a timely manner. Certificate coordinator, Vickie Ramirez, will monitor

admissions, track student progress and submit the request to GEMS for granting the certificate. Ms. Ramirez will be available for office hours weekly for students to visit.

Periodic meetings (1x per quarter) will be held with students working toward the certificate to promote a sense of cohort. Students will also be invited to COHR lab meetings to interact with those students who are working in the Center towards a degree with in One Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI). They will utilize this time to bounce research/analysis questions off COHR students, faculty and staff. The pathway to receiving a certificate will have oversight by the Director and Associate Directors of the Center for One Health Research (COHR), as well as faculty affiliated with the chosen certificate focus (climate focus, public health, global health, etc).


Department Sponsoring

The Center for One Health Research in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health will be responsible for administering the Certificate Track.


Contact Information

Vickie Ramirez, Center Manager, Certificate Coordinator,, office 206.685.2654