One Health Education: Where Are We Today?
Evaluation of health security systems in the United States in 2016 revealed a prevalent issue: inconsistent coordination across federal, state, and local health sectors.
To address this concern, the World Health Organization has encouraged the United States to build a more formal One Health strategy that enables coordination among all stakeholders in human, animal, and environmental health. One avenue for achieving this goal is by applying congruent core competencies across One Health academic programs in higher education.
In a discussion paper released earlier this month, a research team composed of members of the National Academies’ One Health Action Collaborative explored the evolution of One Health academic offerings in the United States, analyzed how core competencies are being applied in these programs, and made recommendations for addressing perceived gaps.