Taught course

One Health

Utrecht University · Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Your Background

Because of the interdisciplinary character, there is no specific undergraduate programme in the field of One Health. Therefore, students with various backgrounds will be recruited from several undergraduate programmes: BSc Veterinary Medicine, BSc Biomedical Sciences, BSc Biology, BSc Farmaceutical Sciences, BSc Medicine, BSc Animal Sciences. After application you will be invited to discuss your eligibility for the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Connecting health of humans, animals and the environment
The One Health concept recognises that health of people is connected to (the health of) animals and the environment and vice versa. The One Health approach in research involves interdisciplinary research by collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, epidemiologists, microbiologists and ecologists, to monitor, study, evaluate, model and control public health threats. This is realised by studying how diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment. One Health is not a new concept, but it has become more important in recent years.

The right choice for you?
One Health research integrates concepts from human and veterinary epidemiology, ecology and population dynamics, microbiology and toxicology. It requires a basic knowledge of biomedical concepts such as infection and immunity, infectious diseases etiology, and population medicine. This Master’s programme is the right choice for you, if you’re motivated to become a multidisciplinary researcher at the interface between humans, animals and the environment.

What you'll learn
The Master’s programme One Health deals with the health and well-being of humans and animals, on a national and international level through the prevention of infectious and non-infectious diseases related to the cohabitation of animals and humans, taking into account environmental, social, ecological and economical aspects.
Our programme content will instruct you to:
  • understand and apply knowledge regarding all aspects of One Health;
  • conduct a literature review;
  • write a compelling research proposal;
  • design, plan, and conduct scientific research;
  • collect, analyse and interpret data;
  • communicate scientific research both written and orally;
  • critically evaluate literature and presentations;
  • and function effectively in multidisciplinary, international groups.
Read more on the Study Programme.

Why study One Health at Utrecht University?
  • This is the first European Master’s programme in One Health with a clear focus on research;
  • As a student you will have the opportunity to carry out two hands-on research projects at renowned research groups;
  • A unique interconnection between Medicine and Veterinary Medicine;
  • Collaboration with partners in innovative research projects allowing students to do their internship at prestigious partner institutions.
Read more on Why in Utrecht.

Career in One Health
As a graduate you will have a strong multidisciplinary research background in One Health and a broad basic knowledge of the field. Graduates can develop an academic career at different universities, work at research institutes or pursue their career in a private or public direction, including consultancy.
Read more on Career Prospects.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 p/a
International students
EU : €2,006 p/a NON EU : €18,201 p/a

For full funding information please see the webpage.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Wietske Dohmen, MSc