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AFNS/SPH – 416/516

One Health

Course Instructors:

Dr. Judd Aiken,

Dr. Norm Neumann,

Dr. Simon Otto,

Lecture Time: 8:00 - 9:20 AM, Tuesday and Thursday

Location: Education Building, Room 106

Objective: ‘One-Health’ is an emerging paradigm in public and veterinary health which recognizes that human, animal and environmental health are interlinked. The course will address food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability, emphasizing the interaction of these diverse yet interconnected disciplines in protecting the health of populations.

• Lectures are the same for SPH 416/516 and AFNS 416/516, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies (SPH 516 and AFNS 516). Note: Credit may not be obtained for both PHS 516 and SPH 516. Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 416, 516 or SPH 416, 516.

• The One World, One Health concept represents an emerging paradigm in health research. It is a collaborative effort among professionals in public health, animal health (i.e., veterinarians/scientists [including companion animals, farmed animals and wildlife]), and environmental sciences to tackle public health issues in an integrated framework. Together, these collaborative efforts are aimed at addressing major public health issues such as food and water safety, the increase in prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms, emerging infectious diseases, environmental protection and environmental sustainability.

• This emerging paradigm shifts our anthropocentric view of public health and animal-focused veterinary health towards an innovative, holistic and systems-based view of biology, emphasizing the physical, biological, social, economical and political challenges that affect our health as well as the health of animals and the ecosystem. This paradigm requires novel approaches to teaching, linking typically disparate disciplines, and promoting new ways of organizing and pursuing undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate training.

Prerequisite: consent of the instructor

General Course consideration


Undergraduate students: homework assignment (20%) , Midterm (35%), and Final Exam (45%)
Graduate students: homework assignment (20%) , Midterm (30%), Final Exam (40%) and 10% oral presentation

Exam: Each exam will focus on the material covered in the lectures and readings for the appropriate section of the course. The final exam will be cumulative with emphasis given to material covered following the midterm exam.

No electronic devices, including calculators, will be permitted during exams. Students are expected to have basic proficiency in mathematics as per the University of Alberta BSc degree requirements. On exam days, each student will only bring a pencil/pen/eraser into the room. Answer sheets and blank paper will be provided as needed.

There will be no deferrals for the Midterm examination. Instead, the weight will be transferred to the final examination. Deferred final exams will be oral exams.

Questions regarding exam grading will only be considered within one week of the date that exams are returned. If a request is made to re-grade an exam, the entire exam will be re-graded including the point of debate. All inquiries must consist of a statement of why the re-grade is requested and a complete argument including citations. All re-grade requests must be typed and signed by the student and attached to the original copy of the exam. Correct answers will be marked on each exam.

Midterm Examination: Feb. 26
Final Examination: Apr. 16
Deferred Final Examination: TBD

Class interactions: We encourage questions and discussion during the lecture.

University Code of Conduct: “The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.”

Plagiarism: No student shall submit the words, ideas, images or data of another person as the student's own in any academic writing or assignment in a course without proper reference materials.

Cheating: No student shall, in the course of an examination, obtain or attempt to obtain from another student or unauthorized source. It is also an offense to represent or attempt to represent oneself as someone or oneself represented by another in the taking of an examination or preparation of any course related activity. Students should refer to the online Code of Student Behaviour for a full description of academic offences.

Resource Materials: No textbook required. Supplementary course material, in the form of research papers pertinent to the lecture material, will be assigned in class.