Course Description

The online One Health Summer Institute provides an opportunity to explore the concept of One Health and to build on their disciplinary expertise which will enable them to contribute meaningfully to transdisciplinary teams.

This is offered through One Health at UCalgary.

One Health uses a transdisciplinary approach to address problems at the intersection of the environment, people, plants, and animals. Transdisciplinarity brings researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and perspectives together to answer the questions; ‘What do we want to do?’ and ‘How can we do what we want to such that we respect nature and its limits, social justice, and sustainability?’

These collaborations use novel, holistic approaches to solve a common issue and find innovative solutions that better address complex scientific and social challenges.

One Health takes a systems view of complex problems. Examples of complex problems include global challenges such as disease emergence, antimicrobial resistance, loss of biodiversity, food and water insecurity, and the infrastructure gap. Complex problems exist at the intersection of people and animals within their shared environments. Adding to the complexity are the upstream determinants of health. These are the social, cultural, political, and economic settings and expectations that can either promote or inhibit wellness of populations and ecosystems.

Finding sustainable solutions to complex problems is challenging because the knowledge and understanding of complex problems are often incomplete or contradictory, people with diverse perspectives are involved, and the problem, and its potential solutions, often impose a substantial initial economic burden.

These courses are perfect if you are interested in learning about using a One Health approach to complex problems and improving some of your technical skills.

Course Details

The One Health Summer Institute consists of six themed courses:

1. Foundations of One Health

May 31-June 4, 2021, 9 am – 3 pm MT
30 hours

Recognize the concepts of Health, One Health, and the importance of leadership and interconnectivity in achieving effective collaborations across different disciplines and sectors.

2. Setting a Foundation for Community-Engaged Research with Indigenous Peoples

June 7, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm MT
7 hours

This one-day workshop explores the foundations of community-engaged research with Indigenous peoples.

3. Water/Wastewater: “A Tale of Two Watersheds”

June 8-10, 2021, 9 am – 5 pm MT
24 hours

Recognize the One Health approach to the societal and environmental issues surrounding development of the Mackenzie and Bow River basins.

4. Introduction to Bioinformatics

June 14-16, 2021, 9 am – 3 pm MT
18 hours

Gain experience in bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing using freely available tools and online database resources.

5. Principles of Biostatistics

June 14-25, 2021, 9 am – 12 pm MT
30 hours

Learn foundational concepts in biostatistics with a focus on statistical testing and modeling used in statistical research studies.

6. Entrepreneurial Thinking in One Health

June 21-24, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm MT
28 hours

Start to explore and develop an entrepreneurial mindset and the skills necessary for identifying opportunities and creating value for the end user.

You can take these courses á la carte choosing the themes in which you are interested.

A certificate of completion will be given to attendees upon their request.

All courses are delivered online in a synchronous (live) format.

All course activities will be online. The courses use Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructors will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. Live sessions will be held using Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information about D2L and Zoom, please visit our Online Learning Resources.


Admission requirements

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma or high school equivalent
  • Relevant work experience are recommended
  • The courses will be offered in English. For the best experience, we strongly recommend that learners be proficient in English. Providing an English language proficiency test result is NOT required.

Course content

Readings and learning materials will be identified by the instructor(s) of each course and will be available on D2L platform.

Technology Requirements

This course is entirely online, where course materials will be posted on a weekly basis on D2L for each theme. A laptop, desktop, or mobile device, with internet connection is required for access.


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