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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.

Program Highlights

  • Students who study One Health might consider careers in medicine, animal medicine, public health or wildlife management.
  • 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
  • One of the first undergraduate One Health programs in the country
  • Internships and in-field learning experiences are potentially available through our Saint Louis Zoo partnership.

To be accepted into the certificate, you must complete or have completed (with a GPA of 3.0 or better):

BIO 112: General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 114: General Biology II (4 credits) 
BIO 204: Modeling and Experimental Design (3 credits)
BIO 212: Genetics (3 credits)
BIO 250: Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 271: Field Ecology (4 credits)
MTH 125: Biostatistics (3 credits)

Courses taken for the Certificate:

BIO 321: Conservation Biology (3 credits)
BIO 322 Immunology (3 credits)
BIO 325: Emerging Infectious Disease (3 credits)
BIO 421: Conservation Medicine (3 credits)
BIO 497 Biology/OneHealth Internship* (3-4 credits)

BIO 320 Evolutionary Biology (3 credits)
HCM 330: Public Health Administration (3 credits)
HCM 350: Legal Issues in Healthcare (3 credits)
PHL 228: Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
PSY 350: Environmental Psychology (3 credits)

View the course descriptions.

*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