What is One Health?

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One Health is the recognition of the interconnected nature of humans, animals, and the environment, and the direct impact each system has on the other. This program will allow students to see and experience the nature of these systems and work on a project researching a disease that involves both human and animal system. Growing evidence suggests that globalization—the increased movement of people, changes in lifestyles, knowledge, and ideas across the world since the late 20th century—is creating new conditions in which diseases spread geographically and across species. Ever-growing human populations, exceeding 7.8 billion in 2020, and the resulting environmental degradation from expanded land use, intensive agricultural and animal husbandry practices, and closer habitation between humans and both domesticated and wild animal species, are also recognized as key factors for increasing shared risk across the animal-human-ecosystem interface. Understand health and disease through the interdisciplinary lens of “One Health.”

Why Nepal?

Nepal is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia with a multitude of ecosystems within a small geographic area. The majority of the Nepalese people share their living space with animals, making it ideal for experiencing One Health in action.

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For several years, Dr. Melinda Wilkins, associate professor of One Health, Public Health, and Global Health Education at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, has taken a group of students to Nepal on a three-week Education Abroad trip. Information about the trip can be found on the weekly blogs posted by the students and Dr. Wilkins.

Applying to Nepal One Health

Students can apply for the program through the MSU Office for Education Abroad. Use the Program Search to locate the Nepal program, which is available also to undergraduate students.