About the 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 One Health Day Teams are eligible to apply for one of three One Health Day 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 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).
  • Submit an evaluation Summary Report (in English) to your Regional Spokesperson and Christel Smeys by 1 December. Word or PDF file format acceptable. Please use filename: "OHD-evaluation-last name of main contact person").

Only those teams who wish to compete for the awards must prospectively meet these Event Criteria and submit to Christel Smeys. All other One Health Day teams (not wishing to compete) are encouraged to register their event on the One Health Day webpage for support and help promoting their events. 

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.

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 October 1 and November 30
  • Get letters of ‘Student in Good Standing’ for each team member from your faculty on University letterhead and send to Christel Smeys.
  • Let her know 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.
  • Submit your Event Summary Report to Christel Smeys 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
    • A narrative Summary of your event


David Heymann, MD

David Heymann, MD


Chair of United Kingdom Health Protection Agency, (Epidemiologist, Public Health), London, England, Serves on OHP Board. More info


Tammi Krecek, PhD

Rosina (“Tammi”) C Krecek FRSSAf, PhD, MBA


Research Professor of Global One Health, Texas A&M (TAMU), College Station, Texas, USA. More info


Daniel Lucey, MD

Daniel Lucey, MD

Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), Washington, D.C., USA, Serves on OHC Board. More info


Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH

Occupational Health

Director, Center for One Health Research, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA. More info


Linfa Wang, PhD

Linfa Wang, PhD


Professor & Director Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Serves on OHP Board More info


Dates of Interest

  • 1 September-30 November 2019: Window for occurrence of events entered in the competition
  • 1 December 2019: Event summaries for competition due to Christel Smeys for judging. Be sure we know how to contact you if your team wins
  • February - March 2020: Announcement of student competition winners for One Health Day 2019