Primary, Secondary, K-12 OH Education Resources - One Health Commission

Primary, Secondary, K-12 OH Education Resources


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Incorporating One Health into primary/secondary (K12) education prepares our students 1) to be critical thinkers who inherently understand connections of human, animal, and ecosystem health and 2) to be our future leaders and responsible citizens in our diverse, complex, and ever-changing world.  


The resources on this page have been compiled to help early education teachers develop and deliver One Health- themed curricula across primary / secondary (K-12) grades. For more ideas and a framework for creating One Health-themed lessons see this suggested  Basic Guide to Developing One Health Lessons for K-12 .


If you know of other primary / secondary (K-12) One Health Educational Resources not yet listed here, please let us know.

Page last updated February 2021   

(This webpage Under Continuing Development - Please visit often!)



The One Health Education-US team presented these three teacher workshops at the 7th Annual NSTA STEM Forum & Expo, US National Science Teaching Association in July, 2018

Grades 1-5     The Web of Life: One Health Interconnections of Pets, People, and the Environment  (Downloadable files)

Grades 6-8     Solve a One Health Mystery!    (Downloadable files)

Grades 9-12    Discover the Interconnectedness of Human Sustainability and Earth’s ecosystems with One Health!             (Downloadable files)



Note that some of these materials were developed for very specific purposes and may need to be modified or combined with other materials to construct a One Health lesson.  To enhance the One Health messaging, teachers should consider developing questions aimed at meeting the guidelines in the Guide to Developing One Health Lessons for K-12 . Last updated 6-29-20


Online game, Plague Inc: The Cure - Experts and gamers join forces to fight COVID-19

By Ndemic Creations in collaboration with infectious disease experts from the World Health Organization (WHO),  Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN). The popular simulation transports players into a global public health outbreak similar to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides expert commentary comparing decisions made by gamers to real-life scenarios.



Bats, Ducks, and Pandemics: An Introduction to One Health Policy

From:  Princeton University, Free Online Coursera course created by Dr. Laura Kahn

Level:  For the general public, for High School, college undergrads and graduate students


Bat Rabies Educational materials

     From: One Health Commission Bat Rabies Education Team (BRET)

     Level:  All Ages, Free downloadable posters

Bats Rabies Workshop for 12-18 Year Olds

     Power Point Teaching Slide-Set Developed by Lexi Peterman, Athens Drive Magnate High School student, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Be a Zoonotic Disease Detective

     From Georgia 4-H, U.S. CDC and USDA APHIS

     Level: Grades 4-12


 Bring Home the Blue, Not the Flu!

‘Two” Free Interactive, Online Courses for Youth

From Iowa State U Center for Food Security and Public Health

  • one for elementary aged youth (6-12 years)
  • one for middle/high school aged youth (13-18 years)

Each self-paced course includes lessons, case studies, and supplemental materials such as guides for hands-on activities and educational workshops.  English    Spanish


Conservation Medicine / One Health Programs

       Hosted by the St. Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine


e-Bugs: Educating young people about microbes and antimicrobial resistance

      Created by Public Health England (PHE), e-Bug aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by helping children and young people understand infections and antibiotic use. Free to the world, available in 22 languages, operating in 26 countries worldwide, this website is rich with resources for teachers and students, including peer to peer student education. Be sure to check out the games.


e-Bugs COVID-19 Teaching Information


Epidemiologists: Disease Detectives

     From Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Learning Media and WGBH

     Level: Grades 9-12


Health for One, One Health for All

     From the Michigan State Extension 4-H Animal Science Anywhere Program.

     Level: General Elementary


Healthy Pets, Healthy People Program

     All ages. Educational fliers created by US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

How to Teach Children about COVID-19 and One Health (and how to teach them online)


       Level: Lessons available for multiple Ages 6 - 18+


Influenza Education Among Youth in Agriculture


     All Ages. Educational website created by the US CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Kansas State Olathe One Health Educational Resources

  • K-12 Classroom Activities
  • Classroom Presentations and Handouts
  • Educational Videos

Kansas State Online One Health High School Summer Course


MedMyst Magazine: Disease Discovery – One Health Initiative

     Created (2010) in partnership: Rice U, U Texas, One Health Initiative team

     Level: Grades 4 - 9, Middle School


NOVA Science NOW: 1918 Flu

     From NOVA Teachers

     Level: Grades 1 - 12


One Health and Infectious Diseases Classroom Activity      Created by Martha Nowak, M.Ed., Kansas State University Olathe, Level:  Grades 1-12


One Health Kids - Book Series and Online Courses       Hosted by One Life Epi Solutions


One Health Lessons      Developed by Dr. Deborah Thomson, Lessons for ages 6 through adulthood


One Health and Vector Control

Developed by Dr. Kristen Healy, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, and  Andrew Garcia, IT Manager, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center 

MineCraft Education Edition

Lessons for 11-13 yrs, 14-18 yrs, 18+ yrs, on Animals, Climate & Environment, Science


One Health Workshop, 7 - 12 Year Olds

Created by the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)

One Health Workshop, 12-18 Year Olds

Created by the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)

Outwitting Nature’s Greatest Killer  (Mosquitos)

     From the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder

     Level:  Grades 1 - 8


PEER Primary/Secondary One Health Curriculum at Texas A&M University

Hosted by the Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) Program at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), free to educators to incorporate into their teaching. Within a One Health module students receive instruction on data organization and analysis, identifying trends, and drawing conclusions utilizing real-world information about infectious diseases. See a Preview Video of the PEER One Health Curriculum. Learn to navigate it on the StepStone platform.


Responsible Pet Ownership, 7 -12 Year Olds

Created by the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) Standing Committee on Veterinary Education (SCoVE)

Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) Training Program

     Free, online training program offered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). When you complete the program, MDH will provide certification that you/your organization has learned best practices for visitor-animal interactions.


Soil Pollution in China

     From the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder

     Level: Grades K-12


Solve the Outbreak

    An interactive educational activity from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Level: Grades 6-12


The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak Graphic Novel

     Created by 4-H, NIFA, USDA APHIS, CDC

     Level:  Grades 6-12


This is How we “Role

     From the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.

     Level: K-4

Thorns: When Earth Refugees Are The Aliens

Teaching One Health to Youth through Fiction

Novella by Laura Kahn     Level: 10 and up

This One Health and social justice themed hard science fiction novella is two parallel coming of age stories that collide on a distant planet. Siddhartha, known as Siddie, and his parent joined a small group of families leaving Earth. Blue belonged to a species calling themselves kodrya (ko-drya). Unbeknownst to Blue, Earthlings were orbiting her world and preparing to land. One in particular, named Siddie, would change her destiny. This novella would be a useful teaching tool to educate students about One Health, social justice, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Tick Borne Disease Curriculum

     Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute

     Level: Grades 6 - 12


US CDC Free One Health Graphics


What’s all the Buzz About?  Vector-Borne Diseases and Climate Change

     National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and Environmental Health Perspectives

     Level: All Ages


Youth in Agriculture - Influenza and Zoonoses Education

     One Health in Action Educational Program created by US Center for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC)

     Level:  Grades K – 12


Zika Communication Toolkit for Schools and Campers

     Center for Disease Control and Prevention

     Level:  Grades K - 12


4-H Animal Science Anywhere: Health for One, One Health for All

     Michigan State University Extension

     Level: Grades K-12


4-H One Health Matching Game

     Michigan State University Extension

     Level:  Grades K-12


4-H Community Health Outreach Toolkit:  Responding to Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

     US Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), USDA NIFA (4-H), US National Health Security.

     Level: Grades K - 12


Additional One Health - Related Resources for Primary/Secondary Education Teachers

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