One Health, Minor

Program Code: OHLTH_UMNR

Program Description

The minor in One Health will consist of four core courses (12 credits) and nine credits of supporting courses from a variety of disciplines. This course is open to all SCIENCE MAJORS. Students that are accepted in the minor, will consult with the coordinator such that the minor is completed in time. Substitution of supportive courses will be an option as determined by the coordinator to all the students to complete the minor on time.

What is One Health?

One Health is a multidisciplinary approach integrating human medicine, veterinary medicine, and environmental science to optimize the health of people, animals, plants, and ecosystems. Its holistic methodology recognizes that these three areas of study are intimately intertwined. One Health training allows students to think dynamically and globally about how health is affected, diseases are transmitted, and environment plays a role in disease.

You Might Like this Program If...

  • You are dedicated to improving the lives of humans and animals
  • You are interested in the interdependencies that shape our health and the environment
  • You find passion promoting health on a local, national, or global scale
  • You value interdisciplinary thinking in solving the world’s big problems

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 21

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Some courses have prerequisites which need to be completed before taking the course. 

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
VBSC 340Introduction to Human and Veterinary Public Health3
VBSC 444Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases3
VBSC 455One Health3
VBSC 456Case Studies in Global One Health3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 0-9 credits from the following:0-9
Applied Animal Welfare
Diversity and Health
Molecular Medicine
Bioethics and Medical Humanities Capstone Course
Changing Food Systems: Comparative Perspectives
Medical Entomology
Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
Environmental Health and Safety
Food Microbiology
Conservation Biology
Ecology, Economy, and Society
Medical Microbiology
NUTR 430
Social Demography
Select 0-3 credits from the following:0-3
Principles of Animal Disease Control
Biology of Animal Parasites
Wildlife Diseases
Select 0-3 credits from the following:0-3
Bacterial Pathogenesis
Viral Pathogensis
Select 0-3 credits from the following:0-3
Principles of Toxicology
Environmental Toxicology

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


University Park

Jennifer Koehl, Ph.D., MPS
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program Coordinator, One Health Minor Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor
108E Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802

Careers Paths

The One Health minor offers a new perspective to approach your other fields of study. With this minor, you can build a career that supports the interdependent relationships between humans and animals. You can pursue jobs in fields such as animal science, biology, environmental studies, food science, nursing, nutrition, pandemic prevention and response, public health, toxicology, and veterinary and biomedical sciences.


Opportunities for Graduate Study

The One Health approach is adopted throughout veterinary, human, and environmental graduate curricula. Many graduate opportunities exist: Biomedical and comparative medicine research, veterinary science and medicine, public health, emergency management, public health preparedness, sustainability, and global food security. In addition, Penn State has the One Health Microbiome Center which offers multiple graduate degrees. The Center fosters long-term working relationships while simultaneously providing infrastructure and resources to support transformative, interdisciplinary microbiome scholarship locally, nationally, and worldwide.



University Park

Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802