Education and Capacity Building in One Health: Lessons from the Field

The Lancet One Health Commission welcomes you to the next webinar in the One Health - Reconnecting for Our Future series. Join the discussion as panelists representing educational institutions and university networks reflect and share their ideas for the future of One Health.

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COVID-19 has strengthened the case for producing a global cadre of One Health professionals. While the number of students interested in One Health continues to grow, opportunities for training and capacity building in One Health remain limited. In this webinar, panelists representing educational institutions and university networks will present their ongoing educational initiatives, examine challenges and opportunities in One Health capacity building, and propose solutions for the way forward.


Dr. George Lueddeke - Chair, International One Health for One Planet Education Initiative (1-HOPE)

George Lueddeke [PhD, MEd, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)] is an education advisor in higher and medical education and chairs the international One Health for One Planet Education (1 HOPE) initiative in association with the One Health Commission (OHC) and the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team (OHI).  Publishing widely on education transformation, innovation and leadership, his current book is entitled Survival: One Health, One Planet, One Future, including “Ten Propositions for Global Sustainability.”  His follow-up chapter "Universities in the Early Decades of the Third Millennium: Saving the World from itself?," in an edited book has also just been released.


Dr. Vipat Kuruchittham - Executive Director, Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN)

Dr. Vipat (Pat) Kuruchittham is the Executive Director of Southeast Asia One Health University Network (SEAOHUN), a regional One Health network of 84 universities in 8 Southeast Asian countries, working to develop a resilient and competent One Health workforce by leveraging education, research, and training. Before leading the network, he worked as a health informatician, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) professional, researcher, educator, and trainer at leading organizations including U.S. CDC, WHO, UNDP, SEAMEO RIHED, and Chulalongkorn University. He holds a Ph.D. in Health Systems Engineering with a minor in public health and MSIE in Decision Science and Operations Research from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.


Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes - Executive Director, Global One Health Initiative, The Ohio State University

Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, DACVPM is the Executive Director of the Global One Health initiative (GOHi) and a Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, Ohio. He has extensive professional expertise in the area of Global One Health, infectious zoonotic diseases, and foodborne as well as water-borne pathogens. Dr. Gebreyes is a primary investigator on a number of current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health awards in Ethiopia as well as other projects. His team conducts research via the Infectious Diseases Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory, and has published widely on globally important zoonotic and foodborne diseases of public health significance with a major emphasis on antimicrobial resistance and Global One Health. Dr. Gebreyes co-founded and currently serves as president of the International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI).


Dr. Phaedra Henley - Director, Center for One Health, University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Rwanda​

Dr. Phaedra Henley is the Director of the Center for One Health at UGHE. Here, she oversees the development of its One Health research program, curriculum and community engagement. She is also the Deputy Director of the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery program. Previously, Dr. Henley worked as an Assistant Professor in Global Health at Western University, Canada where she contributed to establishing, implementing, and teaching two new graduate programs in global health. Dr. Henley has completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, PhD in Pathology, a MSc in Environment and Sustainability, and a BMSc in Medical Sciences.


Image may contain: Facial expression, Smile, Forehead.Dr. Renzo Guinto - Next Generation One Health Adviser, The Lancet One Health Commission, Chief Planetary Doctor, PH Lab, Philippines & Director, Global Health Program, St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine-William H. Quasha Memorial

Dr. Renzo Guinto is the Next Generation One Health Adviser of the Lancet One Health Commission co-hosted by the University of Oslo (UiO) in Norway, Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany, and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) in Ghana. A Filipino physician working at the nexus of global health and sustainable development, he is the Chief Planetary Doctor of PH Lab – a “glo-cal think-and-do tank” for advancing the health of both people and the planet. An Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader and Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, Renzo recently received his Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard University; for his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the concept of “climate-smart” health systems in coastal municipalities in the Philippines.


Webinar Format

This webinar will include lightning rounds (5-minute opening remarks about One Health educational initiatives) from speakers followed by an interactive discussion and an open audience Q&A session led by the moderator. All participants must register for the webinar in order to receive the zoom link. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and distributed to those who registered but were unable to join. 


On the seminar series One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future

The CGH is hosting The Lancet One Health Commission webinar series, One Health – Reconnecting for Our Future. The Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana also supports this series, as does the Center for Global Health at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). This series aims to: (1) increase awareness of One Health in general and of its relevance for health security in the COVID-19 era, (2) share and disseminate the work of the Commission, and (3) foster a multi-directional dialogue among the academic and scientific community, the policy community, the NGO community, frontline clinicians, and ‘next generation’ students and young professionals.

Published Sep. 22, 2020 9:38 AM - Last modified Sep. 8, 2021 7:42 PM