Center for One Medicine, One Health
The Illinois Center for One Medicine, One Health (ICOMOH) focuses on fostering the commonality of health through the three broadly defined areas of education, research, and public outreach:
Objective 1: To educate of a new cadre of health professionals who understand the determinants and contributing factors for human, animal and ecosystem health, how public health policy is developed, and how it affects the health of all three;
Objective 2: To understand disease processes that occur at the interface of human and animal activities and their effects on the environment;
Objective 3: To improve our society’s preparedness and response to natural and intentional exposures of biological, chemical and physical agents;
To meet each of these objectives, ICOMOH proposes specific and measurable activities that will support the objectives of education, research, and public outreach. The Illinois Center for One Medicine, One Health will extend previous educational and research efforts at the College of Veterinary Medicine, specifically the teaching, research, and public outreach activities of the Section of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, the Center for Zoonoses Research, and the Envirovet program as well as collaborative programs with the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois-Chicago and other academic units. All of these academic programs have developed a record of accomplishments over the past years with cutting-edge research, educational programs, and public outreach on issues of human, animal, and ecosystem health. The coursework developed by these programs has already been emulated by other academic institutions. The Illinois Center for One Medicine, One Health will allow each to expand these activities to better serve the people of our state and nation.