Master in One Health

One Health Master's (OHM) Starting Fall 2020!

Many, perhaps most, of the challenges that residents of the Circumpolar North will face in the future are in the realm of One Health – the intersection and interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health. Creating solutions to these challenges will require those who are knowledgeable about One Health concepts, can communicate effectively across cultures and educational backgrounds, can bring together stakeholders and disciplinary experts, and can utilize a variety of problem-solving skills that lead to effective mitigation plans emphasizing adaptation and resilience.

The Masters in One Health at UAF provides training and, most importantly, practice in those specific areas. It is a unique interdisciplinary degree that requires an understanding and integration of science, culture, history, communication, and more. There is no other degree like it in Alaska or the Circumpolar North.

Brief Program Statement:

  • One Health encompasses the relationship between human health, animal health, and the health of the environment and holds that these entities are inextricably linked to the extent that none can be optimal unless they are all optimal.
  • One Health is interdisciplinary and inclusive; it invites the full participation of community members working together with scientists, health practitioners, tribal leaders, and government agency personnel to identify problems and create realistic, sustainable solutions to those problems.
  • This program will provide knowledge and problem-solving skills for individuals who will be involved in managing One Health challenges at the community, state, federal, and international level.
  • Implementing a constructionist approach and using the knowledge and skills developed in the coursework, the program culminates in the creation of a management plan to address a problem that students and community members have identified.
  • The plan will be presented to stakeholders and content experts in a public forum.

Mission Statement:

The One Health Master’s Degree (OHM) educates students to use a constructionist approach to address issues in the Circumpolar North that are at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health. Graduates of the program will be able to engage key stakeholders to develop and implement realistic management plans that can be implemented in communities across the Circumpolar North.

Vision Statement:

Within the next 10 years, individuals who have a comprehensive understanding of One Health and an ability to utilize a community-centered, constructionist approach to problem-solving are likely to emerge as leaders in solving a wide array of problems in the Circumpolar North. UAF’s One Health Master’s will be recognized as a leader in educating these individuals.

Two concentrations:

We anticipate that this degree will attract students who are already engaged or interested in working in their communities to address One Health issues, and that it will also attract students seeking entrance to medical or veterinary schools who want to deepen their understanding of One Health and incorporate the paradigm and problem-solving skills into their future medical careers. For this reason, we propose two concentrations in the One Health Master’s: a Community Advocate Concentration and a Biomedical Concentration.

The 19 credits in the core of this degree will provide training in communication, epidemiology, conflict resolution, cultural awareness, and skills for gathering pertinent data. The capstone sequence of courses (DVM F615, DVM F620, and DVM F621) will culminate in utilizing that knowledge and those skills to identify the root causes of a One Health problem and build a comprehensive management plan that addresses the root causes and proposes a realistic pathway to solving the problem.

This interdisciplinary, integrative, constructionist approach will involve One Health students working with key stakeholders and community members to identify the problem, interview key stakeholders and knowledge bearers in both traditional knowledge and western scientific knowledge, gather data from reliable sources, and, utilizing various planning techniques such as One Health SMART and scenarios building, create a management plan to address and solve or mitigate the problem. 

Because it is central to the One Health Master’s Degree, this 19-credit core will be required for students in both concentrations.  Additional courses are proposed for the two concentrations: courses in veterinary medicine and biology for those in the Biomedical Concentration and courses in social sciences for those in the Community Advocate Concentration. Successful One-Health professionals will need to be aware of the social, cultural, governmental, historical, and scientific realities that influence One Health issues and their solutions. To accommodate this breadth, we have provided an array of courses from multiple disciplines. With guidance from the OHM faculty and staff, students will select courses that best complement their previous education and experience, and dovetail most closely with their future education and career choices.

The One Health paradigm developed in the Veterinary Medical profession where it focused largely on the difficulties of monitoring and managing zoonotic diseases. It has grown in the past few years to become a framework for solving a wider array of problems. Our program is unique in that identifying and resolving issues begins at the community level and works outward, engaging stakeholders from local, state, national, and even international agencies. One Health is inherently interdisciplinary.

The focus of our One Health Master’s is on communicating about One Health challenges and proposing solutions to those challenges; it does not rely on all participants having in depth scientific knowledge, but instead on gathering expertise and communicating effectively to provide solutions. The program’s strength is in creating a community of diverse participants committed to examining and solving One Health problems by drawing information and data from cultural, social science, natural science, and medical perspectives.

Our plan is to develop and teach this program through face to face meetings, initially. However, within the first 5 years we will begin piloting an e-learning version of the classes so that partners across the Circumpolar North may more easily enroll in and complete the OHM.

Requirements for the Degree:

  • Complete UAF's General University Requirements
  • Complete UAF's Master's Degree Requirements

Complete the following Required Courses (19 credits)


DVM F615

One Health Concepts


DVM F620 One Health Challenges

Course DVM F620 One Health Challenges (new course)


DVM F621 One Health Colloquium

Course DVM F621 One Health Colloquium  (new course)



Perspectives on the North


DVM F714

Preventative Veterinary Medicine


Select one from the following:






Cross-cultural Conflict Analysis and Intervention



Communication and Diversity in the Professional World


Community Advocate Concentration (12 credits)

    - Select 12 credits from the following*:



Northern Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Issues



International Relations of the North



Political Economy of the Global Environment



20th-century Circumpolar History



Environmental Economics


RD F465

Community Healing and Wellness


RD F601

Political Economy of the Circumpolar North


* Other courses may be substituted with approval of OHM Faculty



Biomedical Concentration (11-12 credits)

   - Select 11-12 credits from the following*:


DVM F606



DVM F637/BIOL F632

Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology



Veterinary Pathology/Biology of Disease I


DVM F639

Veterinary Virology



Environmental Toxicology






Introduction to Biology of Cancer



Environmental Economics


*Other courses may be substituted with approval of OHM Faculty.