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First-in-Canada One Health Degree Coming to U of G

We are excited to announce that the University of Guelph will introduce a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of One Health (BOH) degree program in fall 2022!

One Health is a growing field that seeks to solve health problems at the intersection of animal, human and ecological systems.

The new program is led by CBS and the Department of Integrative Biology, in collaboration with the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College. It draws on U of G strengths in agriculture, environment and biodiversity science, animal biology and veterinary medicine, health and life science, social science, environmental governance, culture and community engagement.

Students will undertake holistic, critical health studies and learn to be interdisciplinary problem solvers in the ethical use of resources and sustainability of health. The program will train students to manage and help mitigate complex challenges, including transmission of zoonotic disease, anti-microbial resistance, rural community health, agricultural sustainability, food security and species at risk.

Areas of focus within the program include disease, complexity and health; environment, food and health; policy, economics and health; and culture, society and health.

Read the full news release

Visit the BOH Website

Download the Program Brochure

Apply Now!

Save the Date! | Friday, November 12, 2021

Learn about One Health activities at the University of Guelph - and how YOU can get involved! This 1-hour virtual event includes a 20-minute overview and 40 minute audience Q&A. U of G faculty are encouraged to attend. The event is free, registration is required. 


Welcome & Introduction
Woolner Undergraduate Summer Studentship

Cate Dewey
Associate Vice-President (Academic)
Director | One Health Institute

Website tour | OH & Development Symposium
Pete Kelly & Katherine Heyland
Program Managers | One Health Institute

Overview of Collaborative Specialization in One Health
Katie Clow
Assistant Professor in One Health | Department of Population Medicine
Graduate Program Coordinator | Collaborative Specialization in One Health

Bachelor of One Health Undergraduate Program
Brian Husband
Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) | Department of Integrative Biology

One Health Graduate Scholarships
Jeff Wichtel
Dean | Ontario Veterinary College
Chair | One Health Institute Advisory Board

One Health Institute | Scholarship Opportunities 

The One Health Institute is pleased to announce two new scholarship opportunities in One Health to support graduate students. Further information is available on our website, linked below. 

Social Science and Humanities for One Health 

The Social Sciences and Humanities for One Health Graduate Scholarship has been created to stimulate collaborative academic activity between disciplines at the University of Guelph that is specifically inclusive of the social sciences and humanities. Faculty at the University of Guelph are eligible to apply if they are supervising (or planning to supervise) a graduate student who will be conducting research in One Health, in collaboration with a co-investigator from a college other than the graduate student’s home. At least one of the co-investigators must be from a social science or humanities discipline. Both co-investigators must be members of the graduate student’s supervisory committee.

One Health Graduate Scholarship (UG | Western | McMaster) 

The One Health Graduate Student Scholarship Program has been created to stimulate collaborative academic activity between the University of Guelph and McMaster University and between the University of Guelph and Western University. Faculty at the University of Guelph are eligible to apply if they are supervising a graduate student who is conducting research in One Health.  The research must also be in collaboration with a researcher at one of McMaster University or Western University, and the researcher must also be a member of the graduate student’s supervisory committee. 

Virtual One Health Day | November 3rd, 2021

Submit your Abstracts by October 22, 2021

Are you a student and does your research fall in the sweet spot - at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health? If so, we would like to feature your innovative and exciting research, highlighting current challenges and your leading-edge solutions across the One Health spectrum! This is a great opportunity to share your One Health research with peers, colleagues and other stakeholders!

  • Live 2-3 minute presentation using an infographic.
  • You can join and present from anywhere - it will be online.
  • There is no cost to present!


This event is proudly sponsored by the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) and the One Health Institute at the University of Guelph in collaboration with the One Health Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.

One Health Institute presents... Fall 2021 Seminar Series

The One Health Institute's Fall 2021 Seminar Series continues! This event is free and open to anyone to attend virtually, registration is required

Missed a talk or two? Or, loved the talks so much you want to watch them again? Find the YOUTUBE links to past talks on our webpage, or directly:

Maureen Anderson | September 22, 2021 | One Health and Wild What?! Pigs (Yes, Pigs!)

Kari Dunfield | October 6, 2021 | Exploring the Role of Soil Health in One Health

Brian Husband | October 19, 2021 | Crops, native ecosystems and food system sustainability - is this One Health?

*FREE* Student Registrations for ISTAS21

The One Health Institute is sponsoring 20 University of Guelph students to attend the upcoming virtual 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) | October 28-31, 2021. 

The symposium will include a moderated panel discussion on One Health informatics | Saturday, October 30th at 9:15am. 

If you are a U of G student and are interested in attending ISTAS21, email us! onehealth@uoguelph.ca.  

Fall 2021 issue of The Crest - now available!

The fall 2021 issue of The Crest, the research, teaching and health care magazine of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), started to land in mailboxes last week and can also be viewed online. If you would like to request a print copy, please contact ovcinfo@uoguelph.ca

The magazine goes out to 6,500+ alumni and friends of OVC, with a focus on sharing news and updates about the wealth of research, teaching and outreach across the College.

This issue highlights OVC's new state-of-the art facility for clinical skills training. 

Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and One Health

The Canada India Research Centre for Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the University of Guelph is an interdisciplinary nucleus in Canada for cutting edge research on India and the Indian diaspora. 

CIRCLE and the One Health Institute are interested in building a One Health research network at the University of Guelph and would like to connect with faculty and researchers on-campus who are currently engaged in One Health research in India or who are interested in connecting with One Health researchers in India.

A preliminary meeting of interested parties will be scheduled for later this fall.  

If you would like to learn more, please contact irc@uoguelph.ca 

One Health Student Mentorship at U of G

September - November 2021 | Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30 PM (EST) | Virtual

The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) is hosting a Student Mentorship event. This is an opportunity for University of Guelph students to interact with different One Health professionals in academia, public health, and research sectors. The event will be virtual using Microsoft Teams and there is limited enrolment so don’t wait too long to register!

For any questions and inquiries, please contact cphaz@uoguelph.ca.

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Upcoming Conferences   

2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society | October 28-31, 2021 
This virtual symposium will include a moderated One Health informatics panel discussion on Saturday, October 30th.

Life Sciences Ontario: Annual Life Sciences Policy Forum | November 1-5, 2021
The goal of this policy forum is to collaborate with decision-makers and industry leaders to develop key outputs that will enable our sector to be an integral focus in future policy development; while strengthening public/private partnerships. The 2021 Policy Forum will be held virtually over the course of one week starting November 1st and concluding on November 5th. The major theme of this year’s forum will be “Empowering the Life Sciences in Ontario’s Resilient Future”.

  • **NOVEMBER 3 | 11:05-11:45 AM | PANEL - ONE Health: An All-of-Life-Sciences Challenge
    ONE health recognizes the linkages between human, animal and environmental health. From zoonotic diseases, to climate change and the social determinants of health; the ONE health approach is a more cohesive view of how we are part of a worldwide ecosystem. How will ONE health impact public policy, research and the life sciences sector as we emerge from the COVID19 pandemic?
    Moderator: Jeff Wichtel, Dean, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph

One Health Seminar and Research Day | November 3, 2021
The teams from the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ) and the One Health Institute at the University of Guelph in collaboration with the One Health Program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University are excited to bring you this year’s virtual One Health Day.

The day will give participants the chance to interactively learn about One Health and its real-world applications across diverse fields as well as explore a cross-section of innovative and exciting research taking place at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health. We hope you are able to join us on November 3, 2021 for this free online event! Register to reserve your spot.

WHO Global Conference on Health and Climate Change | November 6-7, 2021
The aim of the conference (Glasgow, UK) is to call on governments, businesses, institutions and financial actors to drive a green, healthy and resilient recovery from COVID-19.

Canadian Science Policy Conference 2021 | November 22-26, 2021
Under the overarching theme ‘Building Forward Better’, CSPC 2021 decodes the world post COVID-19 era and the crucial role of science and innovation in policymaking and rebuilding society on all fronts: social fabric, economic development, healthcare, climate, and other areas in Canada

  • **November 22 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM | PANEL - One Health as a Science Policy Initiative: Fostering an integrated approach to addressing complex health problems and emerging threats
    The One Health approach should become fundamental to the ways in which we direct, fund, conduct and speak about health science in Canada and the world. The science policy community has a role to play in this realignment of how science is conducted and how science (knowledge) is used to guide/influence policy making, and how we train the next generation of thought leaders. The science policy community can look to the growing network of proponents in universities and agencies who model and advocate for this One Health approach to health science.

One Health Student International Conference | Bucharest, Romania | November 24-27, 2021

Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Social Justice | March 28-April 1, 2022
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is hosting this in-person and virtual event in Los Angeles, California. The conference aims to address critical gaps in global health and development.   

International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | August 7-12, 2022
ISVEE is a global forum for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, junior and senior investigators, as well as health policymakers to exchange information that can advance the fields of veterinary epidemiology and economics, and related disciplines in the health and social sciences. ISVEE provides a unique opportunity for experts in many disciplines to discuss, learn and propose solutions for a healthy world.

One Health Affiliated Faculty List

Are you a University of Guelph faculty member who conducts research that is One Health-related? Join our One Health affiliated faculty list! Email onehealth@uoguelph.ca with a headshot, research interests and a link to your official bio. 

Check the University of Guelph's COVID-19 website for regular campus-wide updates. 

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