U of G‘s innovative OneHealth Institute was highlighted in a recent article in University Affairs magazine in an article that examined how the interdisciplinary OneHealth approach to human, animal and environmental health is gaining traction in teaching and research.
Dr. Cate Dewey, associate vice-president academic and director of U ofG’s One Health Institute explained that OneHealth is a holistic approach that considers the interactions between humans, animals and ecosystems in such issues as zoonotic diseases, food security and pollinator health.
“OneHealth says that certain problems are complex, and if we have a complex problem at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health, that can’t be solved by one person in one discipline,” she said.
U of G launched a collaborative specialization in OneHealth in 2020, allowing students to take a master’s or PhD in any one of 18 departments, blending coursework and a thesis focused on the OneHealth approach.
This fall, U of G launched the bachelor of OneHealth, the first four-year undergraduate degree devoted to OneHealth in Canada.