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One Health Definition

One Health is a concept that emphasizes that “human-animal-environmental health” is interconnected as “One,” and refers to a multi-disciplinary, multi-layered cooperation strategy to secure the health of the entire ecosystem. As a new term, its scope is diverse, and various organizations around the world provide their own definitions of One Health.

Organizations Definitions
The World Health
Organization (WHO)
An approach that designs and implements programs, policies, laws, and research in which various sectors communicate and cooperate to improve public health, focusing on zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance management, and food safety
The Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO)
Collaborative, international, multi-sectoral, and multidisciplinary mechanisms to reduce risk and address threats of harmful diseases in animal and human ecosystems
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)
Encouraging local, national, and global joint efforts across disciplines to achieve the best health for people, animals, and the environment
One Health Commission Joint local, national, and global efforts of various health science experts with relevant fields and organizations to achieve optimal health for people, livestock, wildlife, plants, and the environment
One Health Global Network Improving health and well-being by mitigating the impact of risks and crises arising from contact of humans, animals, and diverse environment
One Health Initiative A global strategy to expand interdisciplinary cooperation and communication in all areas of health care for humans, animals, and the environment
Source: A Study on Korean One Health Promotion Plan to Secure National Health, Ministry of
Health and Welfare (November 27, 2018).

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Health in All Policies (HiAP)

The Health in All Policies emphasizes that “public health” should be considered as top priority when establishing policies not only in the health sector but in all sectors. It underscores that health should be the one criterion in all policies and that it is necessary to consider all policies through the health lens. HiAP has been variously defined as a means to achieving the global goal of “Health for All” that all governments must achieve.

Organizations Definitions
World Health
Organization (WHO)
An approach to policies that systematically considers health, seeks synergy, and does not harm health outside of the purview of making and implementing policies to improve public health and health equity
Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs
and Health
United States Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
A collaborative approach that integrates and links health considerations in cross-sectional policymaking to improve the health of all societies and people
American Public Health
Association (APHA)
An approach to promote the health of all people by integrating health considerations in each sector and policy area

Health Security

Health security is a strategy that recognizes biological threats such as new infectious diseases, antibiotic resistance, and bioterrorism as a global security issue beyond the health issues of individual countries and jointly responds to it in multiple fields. After the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014, the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) was formed around the United States. GHSA includes a total of nine organizations - WHO, FAO, World Organization for Animal Health, The World Bank Group, Interpol, the Economic Community of West African States, The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the European Union, and the International Vaccine Institute - and emphasizes multi-disciplinary responses through action plans and joint external evaluations.

Comparison of One Health, HiAP, and Health Security

The concept of One Health is represented by One Health, Health in All Policies, and Health Security.

Item Target Area Target of Cooperation Aim Initiative
One Health Antibiotic resistance, zoonotic diseases, and food safety Multi-disciplinary cooperation (Centered on interdisciplinary cooperation) Ecosystem health Healthcare, Veterinary medicine
Health in All Policies Overall government policy Cooperation between ministries in the government Public health Healthcare
Health Security Response to public health crisis (including chemical and radioactive accidents) Cooperation between ministries in the government, multi-disciplinary cooperation National security Healthcare, National defense