One Health Perspectives on Emerging Public Health Threats

J Prev Med Public Health. 2017 Nov;50(6):411-414. doi: 10.3961/jpmph.17.097.


Antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases, including avian influenza, Ebola virus disease, and Zika virus disease have significantly affected humankind in recent years. In the premodern era, no distinction was made between animal and human medicine. However, as medical science developed, the gap between human and animal science grew deeper. Cooperation among human, animal, and environmental sciences to combat emerging public health threats has become an important issue under the One Health Initiative. Herein, we presented the history of One Health, reviewed current public health threats, and suggested opportunities for the field of public health through better understanding of the One Health paradigm.

Keywords: Antibiotic resistance; Infectious disease; Korea; One health; Zoonoses.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Birds
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / pathology*
  • Drug Resistance
  • Global Health
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Influenza in Birds / pathology
  • One Health* / history
  • Public Health*