New One Health Scholarship Opportunity for MPH, MS-Global Health Students

Students interested in studying the interconnections of health between plants, animals, and humans are encouraged to apply for this scholarship by September 27.

The College of Health and Human Services is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Global Health (MS-Global Health) students who are passionate about the study of the interconnections of health between plants, animals, and humans. Thanks to the generosity of Michael von Frickenprofessor of global and community health, the One Health Fellowship will provide a selected graduate student with funding and/or support to pursue a research project related to the One Health initiative.

“I wanted to create an opportunity to support our graduate students who are interested or actively engaged in infectious disease research,” von Fricken said. “It’s also a way to identify promising students who want to become more involved in One Health, which will be important as we grow the One Health discipline here at Mason.”

In order to inspire students to take an interest in One Health, the scholarship will provide graduate students with additional funding to compensate for research costs. “This is a of a small number of scholarships that benefit CHHS graduate students,” said Shannon Donohue, deputy director of development. “We are grateful to Dr. von Fricken for supporting graduate student success.”

According to Centers for Disaster Control and PreventionThe One Health initiative is “a collaborative, multi-sector and trans-disciplinary approach – working at local, regional, national and global levels – with the aim of achieving optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnectedness between people, animals, plants and their environment.

The One Health initiative is an important area of ​​research because the majority of emerging diseases in humans are zoonotic in nature, that is, they originate in animals. “When these spillover events occur, it’s important that we have trained staff who understand the importance of One Health and are open to listening to expert perspectives from all disciplines,” von Fricken said. . “Conducting research within the human-animal-environment interface can provide important insights into disease emergence to better prepare for future pandemics.

Undergraduate students interested in One Health are invited to register at Introduction to One Health (GCH 305). This course takes place each spring and is co-taught by three lecturers, each with specific backgrounds related to human, animal and environmental health.

The deadline to apply for the One Health Scholarship 2021-2022 is Monday, September 27, 2021. To apply, go to Scholarship Opportunities in Fall 2021 Web page. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available from December 2021 to May 2022.

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