Our University’s One Health Initiative

Posted by: Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., Dean and Professor

January 18, 2017

Midwestern University has a long-standing commitment to interprofessional education. In an effort to expand that commitment, the University adopted the principles of One Health. Simply put, One Health recognizes the connection between human, animal, and environmental health. The University's One Health Initiative promotes collaboration between faculty and students in osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, optometry etc., and research scientists in research, teaching, and service.

This year we are beginning a quarterly One Health seminar series open to all students and faculty. The first presentation is entitled "Mooove over Cows, Pigs, Chickens, There's a New Meat in Town: Antimicrobials in Agriculture," and the speaker is Dr. Sarah Wieczorkiewicz, Clinical Pharmacist in Infectious Diseases at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. Her talk will educate us all on antimicrobials in the food chain. Later in spring quarter, our speaker is Dr. Robin Zavod, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, who will present on the impact of pharmaceuticals and personal care products on the environment.

As healthcare providers, all of our students need to understand the relationships between animal, human, and environmental health, and know how to best educate their patients.