One Health

The One Health paradigm recognizes the interdependence of human, animal and environmental health and that a holistic approach to the well-being of all will lead to improved health outcomes and enhanced resilience.

One Health Competencies

Our overarching goal is to support sustainable futures in Arctic communities facing rapid social, environmental, and economic change through an interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the interdependence of human animal and environmental health and integrates natural science, social sciences and Traditional Ways of Knowing. he One Health approach has been applied to large issues including Zoonotic diseases threats (such as COVID-19), food safety and security, suicide prevention (and other mental and behavioral health problems), contaminant biomonitoring, the impacts of climate change, and antimicrobial resistance.

A One Health lens provides a deep and broad understanding of root causes and supports the development of mitigation, adaptation, and resilience strategies to maintain culture, subsistence lifeways, self-determination, biodiversity, and ecosystem health, thus promoting community health and well-being. The strategy entails building sustainable processes and capacity that continue to function and address new problems, enabling transformation of Arctic communities towards meeting long-term sustainability goals embedded within a holistic One Health paradigm.

One Health by the Numbers


The only One Health Master’s program to focus on a community-based approach to addressing One Health issues in the Circumpolar North. This completely online course has been designed to accommodate students from any location and with flexible time allotments for completion and should thus fit well for those who serve in our military forces.


COHR sponsored and partnered with the CDC to host the first workshop in the US on determining zoonotic disease threats for America’s Arctic


The number of communities COHR works with in Alaska supporting research and outreach programs that address One Health issues such as food safety and security, mental and behavioral health and well-being (suicide prevention, substance abuse, etc), population health, zoonotic disease threats (such as COVID-19 and Rabies) and contaminant surveillance.


The number of Arctic countries we collaborate with on One Health research, education, and outreach


One Health, One Future, has become the largest conference in Alaska, the United States, and across the Arctic to provide a platform for presentations and discussions about One Health issues across many disciplines Knowledge bases