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One Health Certificate

One Health is a new and rapidly growing field combining human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental conservation to study the interconnectedness of the world in which we live. As human and animal populations coexist in closer environments, the health and well-being of all become intertwined. Diseases like avian flu and epidemics like colony collapse in bee populations impact both groups. Through Fontbonne’s new certificate, One Health students will take a close look at the intersection of disease transmission, climate change, public health, animal health and more as they explore this increasingly critical field.

"Research experience is no longer optional for graduate school admission into a biology or health program; to be competitive, it should be considered a requirement. With Fontbonne's One Health program, you can get laboratory and field research experience while working closely with a faculty mentor. It's this personal connection with working scientists that sets Fontbonne, and the One Health program, apart from other universities."

-Kelly Lane-deGraaf, Ph.D.
 Assistant Professor – One Health

Program Highlights

  • Fontbonne is the only school in the St. Louis area — and one of only a handful in the country — to offer One Health as an undergraduate area of study.
  • Students who study One Health might consider careers in medicine, animal medicine, public health or wildlife management.
  • Gain valuable research experience important for pre-med and pre-vet students as well as those going on to graduate school in other areas.
  • Available to both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students.
  • Combines foundational prerequisite courses with specific, upper-division One Health courses.
  • Interdisciplinary in nature.
  • Developed through a partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine.
  • Internships* and in-field learning experiences are potentially available through our Saint Louis Zoo partnership.

"The One Health initiative offers a trans-disciplinary, holistic approach necessary to solve the 21st century challenges that increasingly threaten wildlife species survival, ecosystem sustainability and public health."

-Sharon L. Deem, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM
  Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine
  Saint Louis Zoo


*Internship opportunities for this discipline will include the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and other local public-health organizations. Internship destinations must be approved by the department of biological and physical sciences in advance of undertaking. Internships are highly competitive, and Fontbonne University does not guarantee any student an internship position.

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Questions? Contact Admissions: (314) 889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 | fbyou@fontbonne.edu