One Health: Home

This guide is a resource for all those interested in One Health - the global movement to better understand the interactions between animal health, human health, and ecosystem health.

One Health at the U of S

In 2011 One Health  was identified as one of six Signature Research Areas at the University of Saskatchewan. Each Area is an 'outstanding achievement enabled by our research capacity, investments, history and sense of place.'

One Health has been defined as "strategy to better understand and address the contemporary health issues created by the convergence of human, animal, and environmental domains ..." (American Veterinary Medical Association, Exe. Summary).

Although not a new concept (in the past it was also known as One Medicine), One Health is a relatively new worldwide strategy that draws upon collaboration from veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health, environmental health, wildlife health, and agriculture) to better understand the human-animal-environment interface.

The ultimate goal of these worldwide partnerships "will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations." (One Health Initiative).

Because One Health is a multi-disciplinary topic, it requires the expertise of faculty and researchers from across campus, including the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Medicine, and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-Intervac), the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and the Toxicology Centre

Proposed Themes of One Health Research:

Food Safety and Security
Goal: to improve food safety and security in Western Canada.
Water Quality and Availability
Goal: To identify and address the human and health effects of changing water quality and availability
One Health Services for Communities in Transition
Goal: To improve health and provide health service to communities in rural or remote areas, e.g., northern Saskatchewan
Zoonotic  diseases: risk perception, assessment and communication of  zoonoses in high risk groups
Goal: To develop evidence on which to base research and public health policy.

A short video by Jenn Nyhof explaining the concept of One Health

Liaison Librarian

Erin Watson
(306) 966-7327

Room 1443, Academic Health Sciences Building

One Health Opportunities at the University of Saskatchewan

Portal Credits

Small parts of this guide were taken with permission from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's One Health Portal. The U of S Library thanks the librarians who created the guide and were generous enough to let us use their template and modify content.