One Health Certificate

Make a difference during your studies and career

Fontbonne’s One Health Certificate was developed in partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Medicine.

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 and interdependent. Diseases like avian flu and epidemics like the colony collapse in bee populations impact all living things – human, animal, and vegetation. 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.

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 may pursue consider careers in medicine, animal medicine, public health, or wildlife management.
  • The program combines foundational prerequisite courses with specific, upper-division One Health courses.
  • You will gain valuable research experience important for pre-med and pre-vet studies as well as graduate school in other areas.
  • One Health certification is available to both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students
  • Fontbonne’s program was developed through a continuing partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo’s Institute for Conservation.
  • Internships* and in-field learning experiences are potentially available through our Saint Louis Zoo partnership.

*Internship opportunities for this discipline include the Institute for Conservation Medicine at the Saint 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.

News

Dr. Elizabeth Rayhel, professor of biology at Fontbonne University, co-wrote an op-ed that was featured on STLToday.com highlighting the revolutionary field of One Health.

Read the article

One Health Certificate

Contact Information

6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105

314-862-3456

fbyou@fontbonne.edu

Mon – Fri 9:00am – 5:00pm

  • Close up of hands holding a growing plant.
    Sharon L. Deem
    DVM, PhD, Dipl ACZM
    Director, Institute for Conservation Medicine Saint Louis Zoo

    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.

  • Close up of hands holding a growing plant.
    Kelly Lane-deGraaf
    Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor and Director, Center for One Health

    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.

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