One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.

*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system

One Health Grand Challenge

What is the Grand Challenge?

The One Health Grand Challenge is truly an opportunity for every one of Texas A&M schools and colleges to plan and implement an inter/transdisciplinary collaborative approach to helping improve the lives of all species - Human and Animal Health - by addressing health and their connections between natural & man-made environments. One Health, the collaborative effort across multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem, which is a biological community of living organisms and their physical environment interacting as a system, is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact. The One Health Grand Challenge focused on identifying approximately four major One Health research themes and implementing a plan for bringing together faculty from across Texas A&M to form collaborative inter/transdisciplinary teams to propose research initiatives under the major themes. We have decided upon the research initiatives and the research will occur over the next 24 months.

Grand Challenge Timeline (PDF)

Current Research in the Four Thematic Areas