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One Health Social Sciences Initiative


Welcome to the One Health Social Sciences (OHSS) Initiative Webpage


OHSS Launch Press Release    November 17, 2017


About the OHSS


The One Health Commission believes that the Social sciences are essential to understanding and addressing the root causes of disease and determinants of community health. Without an understanding of how sociological, cultural, economic, demographic, historical, linguistic, geographic, political, and other social dimensions contribute to health, society will be limited in achieving it for all. Social science disciplines are critical to making One Health the default way of doing business at all levels of research, academia, policy, and government.

Therefore, a One Health Social Sciences (OHSS) Initiative has been launched that will provide a platform for innovation and integration of all social science disciplines to strengthen the One Health movement. This team invites social science researchers and practitioners to share their expertise in utilization of the One Health approach to facilitate achievement of the United Nations Strategic Development Goals of ecosystem sustainability, global food security, and equitable health.




OHSS Meetings Notes, Slides, Recordings 2018 - 2020


OHSS Communications 2017 - 2021


OHSS Webinars Library Since 2018


Resources / Activities


A. Justifications

Accounting for One Health: Insights from the social sciences. Rendre compte de One Health : réflexions issues des sciences sociales. Michalon J. Parasite. 2020;27:56. doi:10.1051/parasite/2020056

Advancing with Transdisciplinarity: Effective Responses for Coronavirus, Lawrence R, (2020), Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering & Science, 11.

An expanded One Health model: Integrating social science and One Health to inform study of the human-animal interface, Woldehanna S, Zimicki S, Social Science & Medicine, March 2015

Anthropological and socioeconomic factors contributing to global antimicrobial resistance: a univariate and multivariable analysis, Collignon P, Beggs JJ, Walsh TR, Gandra S, Laxminarayan R, Lancet Planetary Health. 2018 Sep;2(9):e398-e405. doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(18)30186-4. PMID: 30177008.

Gender Analysis for One Health: Theoretical Perspectives and Recommendations for Practice, Friedson-Ridenour S, Dutcher TV, Calderon C, et al., EcoHealth 16, 306–316 (2019).

Implementing a One Health approach to emerging infectious disease: reflections on the socio-political, ethical and legal dimensions, Degeling C, Johnson J, Kerridge I, Wilson A, Ward M, Stewart C, Gilbert G.  BMC Public Health. 2015 Dec 29;15:1307. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2617-1.

Integrating the social sciences in epidemic preparedness and response: A strategic framework to strengthen capacities and improve Global Health security, Bardosh KL et. al, (2020). Global Health 16, 120

Involving social sciences in teamwork to tackle a troubling, complex health issue (Taenia solium cystocercosis) in rural Kenya. (Listen to recording at bottom of page)

More than one world, more than one health: re-configuring interspecies health. Hinchliffe S, Social Science & Medicine, 2015, 129:28-35.

One Health from a Social–Ecological Systems Perspective: Enriching Social and Cultural Dimensions, Ross H. (2012), In: Mackenzie J., Jeggo M., Daszak P., Richt J. (eds) One Health: The Human-Animal-Environment Interfaces in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology, vol 366. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

One world, one health? Social science engagements with the one health agenda, Craddock S, Hinchliffe S, Soc Sci Med 2015 Mar;129:1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.11.016. Epub 2014 Nov 12. PMID: 25434985.

Operationalizing One Health Employing Social-Ecological Systems Theory: Lessons From the Greater Mekong Sub-region, Wilcox BA, Aguirre AA, De Paula N, Siriaroonrat B, Echaubard P,  Front Public Health, 2019; 7:85. Epub 2019 May 22

Recommendations for the role of social science research in One Health. Lapinski M, Funk J, Moccia L, (2015). Social Science & Medicine 129, 51-60. 

Social insights on the implementation of One Health in zoonosis prevention and control: a scoping review. He J, Guo Z, Yang P et al., Infect Dis Poverty 11, 48 (2022).

Socializing One Health: an innovative strategy to investigate social and behavioral risks of emerging viral threats. Saylors, K., Wolking, D.J., Hagan, E. et al., One Health Outlook 3, 11 (2021).

Systems in Flames: Dynamic Coproduction of Social–Ecological Processes, Mary L. Cadenasso et al,  BioScience (2022). DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biac047


B. One Health Social Sciences Webinar Series

The One Health Social Sciences (OH-SS) Initiative hosts a free webinar series featuring inspirational speakers addressing the role of the social sciences in advancing animal, human, and environmental health systems. See the OHSS Webinars Library


C. OHSS Initiative Small Working Groups  

1. OHSS Publication Venues Working Group


Helena Chapman, MD, PhD, MPH -
Victor del Rio Vilas, DVM, MSc, PhD -


The publications working group (PWG) focuses on advocacy. The PWG aims to communicate the relevance of integrating social sciences and One Health, and to disseminate good practices, benchmarks, and success stories on this copula.


Although social sciences concepts and methods are directly relevant to One Health approaches, there are relatively few  publications in the evidence base on this topic. To address this gap, transdisciplinary collaborations that integrate social sciences and One Health approaches will be key to advancing scientific discovery.


  • To compile a comprehensive list of potential peer- and non-peer reviewed publication venues that would support multidisciplinary collaborative papers
  • To disseminate scientific papers to peer- and non-peer reviewed national and international journals
    • Letters to Editor, Perspectives/Commentaries, Reviews, Original Research
  • To strengthen the network of social scientists who are interested to learn more about One Health and represent diverse specialties and geographies
  • To investigate local, national, and international agencies, organizations, and universities that can provide venues to present oral or poster presentations on One Health topics
    • University seminars or symposiums, Local community events, National or international conferences

Outcome One

Potential Places to publish One Health–Social Science related topics


2. OHSS Mapping Actors Working Group (MWG)



Bernardo Moreno Peniche, MD, MSc -

Helena Chapman, MD, PhD, MPH -




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The Mapping Actors Working Group (MWG) aims to identify the network of scientists and community practitioners who incorporate One Health and social science concepts and methods in their research and practice.



Although trans-disciplinary collaborations are promoted in the scientific disciplines, scientists and community practitioners continue to work in silos. To address this gap, identifying scientists and community practitioners who incorporate One Health and social science concepts and methods will strengthen the development of One Health research proposals, community initiatives, and co-authored publications.



  • To compile a small list of scientists and practitioners in One Health education, community practice, and research.
  • To strengthen the network of scientists and practitioners who are interested to incorporate One Heath and social science concepts and methods into their research and practice.


OHSS Leadership Team




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