Student Competition - One Health Commission

Student Competition

While anyone can participate, One Health Day especially encourages students (secondary, undergraduate, graduate, professional) to set up One Health events that facilitate student delegates working together from different academic disciplines/backgrounds. For fun and added incentive, student teams organizing an event for One Health Day may enter their event to compete for cash prizes. Winning events will be selected by a jury of renowned international One Health experts. Student Event awards of $2,000 each will go to the top event in each of four global regions.

Student teams wishing to compete are urged to closely follow competition instructions and checklist for their events to qualify.


Winners of Student One Health Day 2018 Competition Awards

Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                        Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

(Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, UFRRJ)                                      St, Kitts, Caribbean (RUSVM)

               Competing Project Description $2,000                                          Competing Project Description  $2,000


 University of Rwanda, Rift Valley Fever Project, Rwanda

One Health Day 2018 Special Recognition Award $500

   Competing Project Description


Winners of Student One Health Day 2017 Competition Awards

One Health Iowa, Iowa, USA       Competing Project Description
Makerere University One Health Student Innovation Club, Uganda     Competing Project Description




Winners of Student One Health Day 2016 Competition Awards

George Washington University, USA
UC Davis Students for One Health, USA
Washington U, Auburn U, U Missouri Team, USA
Makerere U, Uganda, Special Recognition
U Pretoria, South Africa, Special Recognition



Student One Health Day Teams are eligible to apply for awards if they:

  • Have at least one ecology / environmental, one human medical, one veterinary medical, and one additional non-medical related student (examples: Anthropology, Chemistry, Communications, Engineering, Social Sciences, Wildlife, Zoology, etc.) N=4 or more students.
  • Team members can cross institutional and geographic (e.g., country) boundaries
  • Submit proof of ‘students in good standing’ letters or Proof of Registration for each team member on their University’s letterhead from a faculty member or Department Head. (Note: It is possible that more than one University will be represented on a single team.) (Due AFTER event)
  • Register your Event to compete (Due at least 2 WEEKS BEFORE event).
  • Hold their event between September 1 and November 30
  • Submit an evaluation Summary Report (in English) to Sally Vandenbemden ( and Cheryl Stroud ( by 1 December. Word or PDF file format acceptable. Please use filename: "OHD-evaluation-last name of main contact person").

Only those teams wishing to compete for the awards must prospectively meet these Event Criteria and submit Event Reports. All other One Health Day teams (not wishing to compete) will please register their event on the One Health Day webpage to get on the One Health Day map and share their event with the world.


Assessment Criteria/Scoring

Student applications for the One Health Day Awards competition will be assessed for eligibility according to the conditions outlined in the event guidelines and scored using these Assessment Criteria.


Submission Checklist - Use this to guide you through the submission



What to do to Compete

  • Establish your team of at least 4 students from at least 4 domains, human, animal, environment and one ‘other’ non-medical arena
  • Start planning your event to occur between September 1 and November 30
  • Get letters of ‘Student in Good Standing’ or Proof of Registration for each team member from your faculty on University letterhead and send to Christel Smeys.
  • Be sure to indicate who the designated ‘point of contact’ is for your team so the One Health Day Planning Team can let you know if you won.
  • Submit your event Registration form online on the One Health Day website
  • Consult the Student Competition Assessment Criteria to see how your event will be evaluated by the judges.
  • Use the Submission Checklist to prepare your narrative Event Summary Report.
  • Submit your narrative Event Summary Report to Sally Vandenbenden and Cheryl Stroud by December 1.  Be sure it includes:                  
    • Event Concept, Objectives, Description, and Contribution to Advancing One Health
    • The Team’s promotional plan including links to any local media promotions
    • Metrics for measuring success of your event and results/data for those measures
    • The Implementation Review (See Assessment Criteria and Checklist)


1. David Heymann, MD, Chair of United Kingdom Health Protection Agency, (Epidemiologist, Public Health), London, England, Serves on OHP Board.





2. Tammi Krecek, FRSSAf, PhD, MBA, (Zoology), Research Professor of Global One Health, Texas A&M University (TAMU), College Station, Texas, USA.  




3. Daniel Lucey, MD, (Infectious Disease Outbreaks), Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), Washington, D.C., USA, Serves on OHC Board.





4. Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH, (Occupational Health), Director, Center for One Health Research, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. 

5Linfa Wang, PhD (Virology), Professor & Director Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Serves on OHP Board


Dates of Interest

  • 1 September-30 November - Window for occurrence of events entered in the competition
  • 1 December -  Event summaries for competition due to Sally Vandembenden and Cheryl Stroud to be shared with the judges. Be sure we know how to contact you if your team wins
  • March - June 2020: Announcement of student competition winners for One Health Day 2019



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