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UF Certificate in One Health

Program Overview

In ancient times, the health of people, animals, plants and the environment were believed to be interconnected. Now, we know that they are also interdependent. Our globalized world serves as a multiplier for these dependencies, positives and negatives, and provides the platform for local issues to become global.

The One Health Certificate has been created to bring together graduate students and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge around the complexity of health in the era of big data. The program will be composed of a two-week, residential experience and three online courses. The certificate has a very flexible structure and is tailored to accommodate the interests of multidisciplinary students. The objective is to develop a common language and momentum to explore areas at the interface between animal, plant, human, and environmental health, as well as other disciplines, allowing our students to broaden their views, and be more competitive in professional environments while grounding training in one health systems thinking.  

The certificate will provide the opportunity and the tools to create a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals who will be able to make unique contributions to the field of health.

One Health Certificate: 9 online credits + 3 in a classroom setting (12 credits total)

The residential experience aims to give students a physical and structured space for dialogue, in order to master the transversal tools that are essential for every professional who engages in understanding the complexity of health, such as health communication, managing conflict and leadership, and health economics. Morning sessions will be delivered by expert speakers on cross-cutting topics, while afternoon seminars will deal with specific problems and how these can be viewed and approached through a One Health lens of embracing complex systems thinking.

The online credits aim to deliver basic knowledge on different areas of health. These courses will allow students to explore different viewpoints, increase their understanding of interdisciplinary convergence, and enhance their awareness of how different disciplines can intersect health.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of the One Health paradigm.
  2. Describe genetic, physiological, social, environmental, political and economic factors that contribute to health issues that can be solved using a One Health approach.
  3. Implement a systems thinking based approach to complex health problems that span across human, animal, and environmental health.
  4. Communicate with stakeholders and communities on the direct and indirect human, animal, and ecological impacts of major global changes and health challenges.
  5. Identify and create collaborative relationships and research networks in One Health

Certificate Requirements

A total of 12 graduate credits are needed for this certificate. Students in the certificate program will take a combination of core and elective courses that provide applied and theoretical training.

We offer four tracks (communication, behavior, and health; urban development and health; ecosystems and health; pathogens, contaminants, and health) to build the next generation of professionals capable of identifying interdisciplinary opportunities.

Each student is required to take the following two core courses as part of the certificate: PHC 6446 Systems Thinking in One Health (3) and PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health (3). Students can then track into one of the options below, or, choose two courses from any of the tracks.

  • Track 1: Communication, Behavior, and Health, Choose 1 Core and 1 Elective
    • PHC 6410 (Core) Psychological, Behavioral and Social Issues in Public Health (3)
    • FOR 6005 (Core) Conservation Behavior (3)
    • VME 6051 (Elective) Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence (3)
    • FNR 6061 (Elective) Conflict and Collaboration in Natural Resources (3)
    • HUM 5357 (Elective) Creativity and Health: Foundations of the Arts in Medicine (3)
    • MMC 5708 (Elective) Foundations of Intercultural Communication (3)

Track 2: Urban Development and Health, Choose 1 Core and 1 Elective

    • DCP 6931 (Core) International Sustainable Development (4)
    • DCP 6205 (Core) Ecological Issues in Sustainability and the Built Environment (3)
    • ENV 6617 (Core) Principles of Green Engineering Design and Sustainability (3)
    • URP 6042 (Elective) Urban Economy (3)
    • FOR 6543 (Elective) Natural Resource Economics and Valuation (3)

Track 3: Ecosystems and Health, Choose 2 Electives

    • SWS 5246 (Elective) Water Resource Sustainability (3)
    • WIS 6576 (Elective) Human-Wildlife Conflict (3)
    • FAS 5051 (Elective) Introduction to Aquaculture (3)
    • ALS 5155* (Elective) Global Agroecosystems (3)
    • ALS 6935 (Elective) Topic in Biological Invasions (3)

Track 4: Pathogens, Contaminants, and Health, Choose 1 Core and 1 Elective

    • PHC 6515 (Core) Introduction to Entomology, Zoonotic Diseases, and Food Safety (3)
    • SWS 5551* (Core) Soils, Water and Public Health (3)
    • PHC 6001 (Elective) Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health (3)
    • PHC 6520* (Elective) Foodborne Diseases (3)
    • PHC 6937 (Elective) Environmental Ecology of Human Pathogens (3)
    • PHC 6937 (Elective) Environmental Toxicology in Public Health (3)
    • PHC 6301 (Elective) Aquatic Systems and Environmental Health (3)
    • ENY 6665* (Elective) Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology I (3)

Admissions and Cost

Deadlines to apply for the One Health Certificate are rolling. Participants may choose to begin their program at the start of fall, spring or summer terms as defined by the University of Florida schedule.

Tuition costs for the program range from $6500-$7500, and do not include accommodation for the two-week residential course. For general information about this certificate program, please feel free to contact the One Health Center at For administrative details, contact .

Non-UF Students

If you are not currently enrolled as a student at the University of Florida and wish to apply to this certificate program, please contact the One Health Center at

You must also submit University of Florida Online Application for Graduate Admission found at and pay the $30 non-refundable application fee in addition to the form. Please feel free to contact the Department at for more information.

EEP, State Tuition Waivers, and UF Graduate Assistantships

Our online programs are not eligible for any of these funding sources. If you are a UF employee seeking to use your EEP benefit, a state of Florida employee seeking to use a State Tuition waiver or a UF graduate student on an Assistantship, the cost of enrollment in our online courses and programs will not be covered by these programs.

Current UF Students

Current UF students are not eligible to receive dual credit for any course(s) taken within the One Health Certificate curriculum or receive the graduate certificate because this is an off-book program. Students who are interested in the One Health curriculum can, however, still take part in the courses. To register, please contact the individual departments offering the courses you are interested in.

“Approval to pursue an academic goal such as a certificate program does not guarantee that the goal will be supported/funded by the student’s financial aid and/or scholarships or that the student will not incur an excess hours surcharge. Students should review all approved academic plans with the Financial Aid Office and consult their Excess Hours screen to ensure they know what, if anything, will be funded or incur a surcharge.  - University of Florida, Academic Advising Center”

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