The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine has officially launched its new Undergraduate Certificate in One Health (UCOH). Applications for Fall 2022 enrollment to the program opened on Monday, March 21, 2022. This certificate, open to UGA undergraduates of all majors, explores the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health and will introduce students to the one health approach to disease diagnosis, detection, and control.
“The ever-evolving nature of pathogens and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for increased exchange of knowledge between veterinary, human, and public healthcare professionals to effectively track and respond to zoonotic threats,” said College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lisa Nolan. “In addition, the ongoing pandemic has underscored the importance of communicating accurate health and science information to the public.”
In addition to faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine where the UCOH is housed, Certificate faculty include individuals from eight different colleges on UGA’s campus, including the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, College of Public Health, Grady College of Journalism, and the School of Law.
“Now, disease anywhere is disease everywhere and we as professionals need to get out of our silos and learn how to collaborate,” said Dr. Paige Carmichael, one of the directors of the UCOH. She and Dr. Shannon Hostetter developed the certificate to meet the need for modern day health providers who have a more holistic and comparative medical approach to disease.
Applications to the certificate program are due on May 31, 2022.