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Global One Health Academy

The Global One Health Academy will engage faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students in improving the health of plants, animals, biodiversity and human society in North Carolina and beyond.

Game-Changing Health Research

NC State’s Global One Health Academy will be among just a small handful of similar programs in the world. Even among such programs, it will be unique. The academy will build upon the university’s strengths in agriculture and plant health, veterinary medicine and domestic animal health, and the health of biodiverse ecosystems and human societies. It will also strengthen NC State’s commitment to interdisciplinary excellence and collaboration among faculty, staff and students across colleges and units.

Enhancing Opportunities

The academy will expand NC State’s One Health research and education efforts, as well as increase opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on interdisciplinary project-based experiences, and the development of evidence-based recommendations for tackling current and future global threats. Research within the academy will consider three thematic areas that address the 2030 UN Sustainable Development goals: driving food and water solutions, combating infectious diseases, and addressing climate change-health disparities.

What is One Health?

One Health is the idea that the health of people is connected to the health of animals, plants and biodiversity. As the Earth’s population grows, our connection with plants, animals, biodiversity and the environment more generally changes. This includes people living closer together, changes in climate and land use, more global travel and trade, and animals serving as more than food. These factors make it easier for diseases to spread between animals and people. A One Health approach tackles shared health threats by looking at all angles — plant, animal, biodiversity, environmental and human.

Creating Global Change

The Global One Health Academy seeks to lead in building strong, innovative and sustainable partnerships, and in creating tomorrow’s leaders at NC State and beyond. We strive to be the global health champion, lead our peers in One Health education and research, train the next generation of global health leaders, and engage with public and private partners to elevate our efforts in North Carolina to the global level.

Supporting Interdisciplinarity

We take an interdisciplinary approach to our efforts, combining internal resources with current and new partnerships to pave the way for advances in education, research, strategic engagement, scientific innovation and workforce and economic development.

Thematic Areas:

  • Research
    • Driving food and water solutions
    • Combating infectious diseases
    • Addressing climate change-health disparities
  • Education 
    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate
    • Leadership
  • Engagement
    • North Carolina
    • Global level