Global One Health initiative


Strengthening Global Resilience Through One Health:
A 2020 Vision for a Sustainable Future

Global One Health Day 2020 Conference—Now VIRTUAL!
November 5-7, 2020

Ohio State established its innovative and high impact Global One Health paradigm in 2014. As we enter a new decade, the world continues to face increases in emerging and re-emerging communicable diseases as well as a surge of non-communicable hazards at the interface of humans, animals, plants and the environment.

The emergence of COVID-19 pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus illustrates the need for continued and expanded intersectoral collaboration and knowledge to meet emerging threats. With our 2020 biennial conference, we aim to bring global stakeholders (campus, local, state, national and international) together to discuss priority global health capacity needs, current challenges, and progress towards a more resilient global community. The conference is organized as part of Ohio State’s Global One Health initiative's strategic effort to build outreach and extension capacity.

The conference is organized as part of GOHi’s strategic effort to build outreach and extension capacity.

The objectives of this conference are to:

As we actively work to curb COVID-19 transmission, the 2020 Global One Health Conference has been restructured to be meet completely online. This conference will meet virtually November 5-7, 2020 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST.  

Keynote Speaker

John N. Nkengasong, MSc, PhD

This year's conference will welcome John N. Nkengasong, MS, PhD, who serves as the director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the keynote speaker.

Prior to his current position, he served as the acting deputy principal director of the Center for Global Health, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC), and Chief of the International Laboratory Branch, Division of Global HIV and TB., U.S. CDC. 

He received his master's degree in tropical biomedical science from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium and his doctorate in medical sciences (virology) from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

He has received numerous awards for his work including Sheppard Award, the William Watson Medal of Excellence, the highest recognition awarded by CDC. He is also recipient of the Knight of Honour Medal by the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, was knighted in 2017 as the Officer of Loin by the President of Senegal, H.E. Macky Sall, and knighted in November 2018 by the government of Cameroon for his significant contributions to public health.

He is an adjunct professor at the Emory School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves on several international advisory boards including the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Initiative – CEPI and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative among others.

He has authored over 250 peer-review articles in international journals and published several book chapters.

Registration Information 

Register Online


Registration with continuing education credit


General registration


LMIC and student registration


Note: CE information – 10 hours for Veterinarians and Registered Sanitarians.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kayleigh Gallagher or Natassja Boham

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Kayleigh Gallagher at Requests made one week in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.”