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:
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.