Recommendations for the role of social science research in One Health

Maria Knight Lapinski, Julie A. Funk, Lauren T. Moccia

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The social environment has changed rapidly as technology has facilitated communication among individuals and groups in ways not imagined 20 years ago. Communication technology increasingly plays a role in decision-making about health and environmental behaviors and is being leveraged to influence that process. But at its root is the fundamental need to understand human cognition, communication, and behavior. The concept of 'One Health' has emerged as a framework for interdisciplinary work that cuts across human, animal, and ecosystem health in recognition of their interdependence and the value of an integrated perspective. Yet, the science of communication, information studies, social psychology, and other social sciences have remained marginalized in this emergence. Based on an interdisciplinary collaboration, this paper reports on a nascent conceptual framework for the role of social science in 'One Health' issues and identifies a series of recommendations for research directions that bear additional scrutiny and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-60
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Global health
  • Human behavior
  • One health
  • Research agenda
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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