MPH in One Health

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The Master of Public Health in One Health degree option trains students to investigate the health linkages between humans, animals, and their shared environments. Students develop expertise in a wide variety of relevant topics, including zoonotic diseases, comparative clinical medicine, animals as sentinels, animal worker health, food safety, and the human-animal bond. They also develop innovative strategies for promoting healthy coexistence between humans and animals in sustainable local and global ecosystems. The curriculum includes courses in the supporting sciences of biostatistics and epidemiology, as well as foundational courses in exposure science, toxicology, and risk assessment. The One Health curriculum also includes a One Health survey course, a seminar in the occupational health of animal workers, an original research thesis and a practicum experience.

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Career paths of recent graduates

Graduates from the MPH in One Health degree program are well positioned to pursue careers in environmental health practice, research, or consulting, or continue on to doctoral work in the field.  Recent graduates from this degree option are currently working as:

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Hien Bui

For her practicum, Hien Bui, MD, is working with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Vietnam team to to strengthen the international community’s capacity to detect and discover viruses that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

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More information & requirements

The MPH in One Health is a 2-year degree. Students in this option complete both a practicum and a research thesis as a culminating experience. Potential practicum sites include medical clinics and hospitals, the Washington One Health Initiative involving state health and agriculture agencies and other partners, CDC, emerging disease programs, disease mapping organizations, climate change organizations, homeless health care organizations, conservation medicine sites, and wildlife health organizations, both in the US and internationally.

Funding Opportunities: A limited number of Occupational Health at the Human Animal Interface (OHHAI) Scholarships, including tuition and stipend, are offered through the UW Center for One Health Research. The OHHAI training program is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health through the UW Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety. The two-year OHHAI training program promotes a "One Health" approach to safeguarding the health of animal workers. OHHAI Scholars do their practicum and thesis work on topics related to animal worker occupational health. Animal workers interact with animals in a wide range of settings ranging from veterinary clinics to research laboratories, farms, markets, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife environments. They face unique and important health issues including exposure to zoonotic infectious diseases, allergens, and injury risks. For more information about this specialized training opportunity, including availability of funding, please contact Vickie Ramirez, Senior Research Coordinator/Program Coordinator, Center for One Health Research (, 206-685-2654).

A complete list of course requirements and degree competencies for the MPH in One Health is available here.