MHS in One Health


Currently accepting applications for Fall 2018.

Deadline: July 1st, 2018

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The MHS One Health concentration emphasizes working across public health, veterinary health, and environmental health disciplines to tackle difficult health problems.  Such One Health thinking is strongly endorsed by prominent supporters of the One Health concept including the US CDC, NIH, USDA, and many academic and professional organizations:

Graduates with an MHS in One Health will find wonderful opportunities for employment in many venues.  In particular, academic centers and the US government need broadly trained individuals to tackle in a multidisciplinary fashion, today’s most difficulty public health problems.  Trainees in this degree program will likely have employment opportunities in US universities, federal, state and county health departments, food and pharmaceutical industries, federal agencies, consulting and research companies, occupational safety, and other industries. Trainees will also likely have international employment opportunities.  These professionals will work in teams and interact with professionals from many different organizations.

The MHS in One Health degree program is part of the portfolio of training programs in the Department of Environmental and Global Health Department in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Many faculty in the concentration are also members of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, the Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory, or the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. Some of the faculty hold joint appointments in other UF Colleges including the College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Medicine.

The MHS One Health curriculum addresses a diverse range of health issues but has a strong focus upon infectious diseases. Courses and other educational experiences are carefully structured to enable students to develop competence in very specific health skills. Recommended undergraduate prerequisite training for One Health degrees include basic biology, chemistry, physiology, and college algebra.

The program offers particular depth in how infectious diseases are transmitted at the human-animal interface; how the environment impacts such disease transmission; and how we can predict and mitigate new and current disease threats.  An emphasis is placed upon agricultural industries, biosecurity, entomology, zoonotic diseases, animal health, food production, pathogen detection and identification, and environmental controls. Through elective courses, students may draw on the extensive expertise of University of Florida faculty from diverse disciplines to gain special training in a specific field of interest. Where possible, students will emerge well versed in One Health problem solving via partnerships with industry.

To see a comparison of the One Health and Environmental Health Masters Programs, click here

Degree Requirements

Credits Course
Semester Offered
Public Health Core Courses: 12 credits    
Statistical Methods Research I 3 PHC 6052 F
Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 3 PHC 6001 F
Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 PHC 6313 F, S, ss
Introduction to Public Health 3 PHC 6937 F
Concentration Area: 15 credits
Global Environmental Sustainability 3 PHC 6937 F
Aquatic Systems and Environmental Health  3 PHC 6301 S
Entomology Applications in Public Health 3 PHC 6515 ss
Environmental Ecology of Human Pathogens 3 PHC 6937 S
Environmental Toxicology Applications in Public Health 3 PHC6937 F
Electives in Area of Specialization: 9 credits
Varies 9 F, S, ss
Capstone Experience  
Capstone 3 PHC 6937 final semester
Total Required Credit Hours:  39

Other Information

As this is the first degree program of its kind in the United States, we expect much demand and relatively high salaries for students with this training.

MHS students who are eligible for in-state tuition will pay regular Florida graduate in-state tuition rates. For estimated costs see:

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