There is a critical global need for a new OneWorld, OneHealth, OneMedicine concept stemming in part from divisions between humans, veterinary medicine, food security system, and environmental challenges, which have hampered educational programs, communications campaigns, and public health systems.
Michigan State University will lead the effort to bridge these divides. Our aim is knowledge-based advocacy to seek optimal health for people, animals, and the environment through an integrated approach that will improve upon current health disparities and inequities.
The MSU OneHealth global strategy provides a roadmap for understanding and administering the critical need for adopting and implementing a practical, hands-on OneHealth approach as a human clinical health care modality approach. It captures the fundamentals of OneHealth by advising human health care practitioners to participate in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations utilizing health expertise and others in order to provide enhanced, expeditious, and better quality of life worldwide. The benefits of such an approach can be summarized as:
- Improved diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases transmitted between animals and people.
- Comprehensive approach to human development and security issues.
- Improved integrative management strategy.
- Improved workforce.
- Improved environmental health measures and early detection of environmental health hazards.
- Comprehensive approach to food safety and security.
- Improved patient outcomes.
- Satisfaction of stakeholders.
- Mission Statement
Michigan State University has a long tradition of excellence in OneHealth education and knowledge. MSU is a leading world institution in the OneHealth initiative, especially through its health development projects throughout the world. MSU recognizes five essential elements of OneHealth:
- Human Health
- Animal Health
- Food Safety and Security
- Environmental Health
These are inextricably linked, and therefore, MSU OneHealth seeks to promote, protect, and improve worldwide health by encouraging and enhancing interaction and scientific collaboration among these areas.
- Vision Statement
MSU OneHealth initiative shall be achieved through:
- Collaborative and joint efforts of MSU colleges and health units;
- Joint efforts and proposal developments with international OneHealth organizations;
- Academic partnership and networking with universities that have a vested interest in OneHealth approach;
- Establishing the MSU journal of OneHealth, an international publication;
- International conferences and workshops on OneHealth science and implementation;
- Establishing a graduate degree program in OneHealth;
- Prevention of cross-species disease transmission;
- Establishing academic networks on pressing issues of OneHealth, especially in resource-limited countries;
- Implementation of OneHealth development projects in resource-poor countries;
- To build partnership with other international agencies to deliver the provisions of OneHealth initiative;
- Global efforts to educate health policy makers, political leaders, and the public health sector through publication of OneHealth knowledge and one-to-one dialogue;
- Training future OneHealth practitioners, policy makers and social scientists;
- Establishing a new paradigm and economically sound approaches in solving our world's collective health burdens.