One Health Summer Institute

One Health Summer Institute 2021

Aims to provide learners 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.


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. 

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.

The online One Health Summer Institute aims to provide learners 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.

Courses, Date and Time

The One Health summer institute consists of  six theme-based courses in June 2021.

Each week will focus on either one or two subject areas or themes:

Foundations of One Health: May 31-June 4, 2021 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Setting a Foundation for Community-Engaged Research with Indigenous Peoples: June 7, 2021 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Water/Wastewater: “A Tale of Two Watersheds”: June 8-10, 2021 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Introduction to Bioinformatics: June 14-16, 2021 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Principles of Biostatistics: June 14-25, 2021 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Entrepreneurial Thinking in One Health: June 21-24, 2021 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Format of delivery

  • À la carte: Choose the course(s)/ theme(s) in which you are interested
  • Online – Synchronous  
  • The courses use Desire2Learn (D2L) platform, and course materials will be posted there.
  • Sessions will be held on Zoom web conferencing software.
  • A laptop, desktop, or mobile device, with internet connection is required for access to sessions.

Admission and Fees

  • One Health Summer Institute courses are available to students from all levels and disciplines, and also to professionals and adult learners interested in One Health from all over the world.
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended.
  • The courses will be offered in English and we recommend learners to be proficient in English. Providing an English language proficiency test result is NOT required.  
  • Course fees vary. Please refer to each course page for more information.  You may also be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of your attendance. 

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Financial Support

One Health at UCalgary is pleased to offer the One Health Summer Institute Bursary Program.

This program will provide funds for all students (secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows) requiring financial support to attend one or more of the Summer Institute courses. The bursaries do not have to be repaid. If you would like to apply for a bursary, please use the link below.

Application Deadlines:

Foundations of One Health – May 24

Setting a Foundation for Community-Engaged Research with Indigenous Peoples – May 31

Water and Wastewater: A Tale of Two Watersheds – June 1

Intro to Bioinformatics – June 7

Principles of Biostatistics – June 7

Entrepreneurial Thinking in One Health – June 14

Enrolment Closed

Theme-based courses

Learn more about each One Health Summer Institute course here: 

One Health

Foundations of One Health

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

Indigenous peoples

Setting a Foundation for Community-Engaged Research with Indigenous Peoples

This one-day workshop is exploring the foundations for community-engaged research with Indigenous Peoples.


Water/Wastewater: “A Tale of Two Watersheds”

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

Date: May 31-June 4, 2021 

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Course fee: $500 CAD Non-credit


  • Day 1: Craig Stephen, Michele Anholt, Danielle Julien, Ron Lewis, Guest speakers
  • Day 2: Simon Otto, Lynora Saxinger, Kayley McCubbin, Susan Kutz, Carolina Behe, Mathieu Pruvot
  • Day 3: Marty Heeg
  • Day 4: Jeff Wilson, Lorian Hardcastle, David Hall
  • Day 5: Ron Lewis, Michele Anholt, Danielle Julien


  • This course will explore the meaning of ‘Health’ and ‘One Health’
  • Using case-based learning, it will bring together different scientific and social perspectives used to address real-world complex problems
  • Marty Heeg, a Certified Leadership and Team Building Coach, will spend one day with, ‘Rising to the One Health Leadership Challenge’.
  • Participants will understand what is meant by the ‘One Health approach’, how they can become involved, and how to develop and improve collaborative relationships to improve outcome of complex problems.


  • Introduction to One Health, Systems Thinking, and Transdisciplinarity.
  • Complex Problems and One Health Applications; Case Presentations
  • Team Building and Leadership in One Health
  • Governance and Policy in One Health
  • One Health and Meaningful Change


There are no prerequisites to take this course, however, an interest in One Health issues from different perspectives is recommended.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the concepts of health and One Health
  • Understand the transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach of One Health
  • Acknowledge the variety in perspectives when addressing complex One Health problems, getting from the many to the ‘One’.
  • Recognize the importance of leadership, networking, and interconnectivity in facilitating collaboration among different sectors


This course is offered in collaboration with the University of Calgary vice-provost Indigenous engagement, Dr. Michael Hart. This course will help to guide learners on the path of truth and reconciliation as described by the UCalgary Indigenous Strategy, ii’ taa’poh’to’p."

Date: June 7, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Course fee: $100 CAD Non-credit 

Instructors: Dr. Michael Hart, Dr. Kerry Black, Dr. Rita Henderson, Amber Bedard , and more. 

Description: This one-day course will include

  • Fundamentals for intercultural capacity
  • Understanding foundations for community-engaged research
  • Introducing concepts of decolonization in a One Health research space
  • Ethical principles of community-based research
  • Exploring how we support research with Indigenous peoples, and build reciprocal, trusting relationships


  • Towards Reconciliation and One Health 
  • Principles for Community-Based Research  
  • Relationships: Building & Connecting  
  • Ethics; Data Governance & Sovereignty 

Prerequisite: None 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamentals for intercultural capacity and Identify: 
    • Historical events that have shaped the intercultural relationship;
    • common misconceptions impacting non-indigenous peoples working with Indigenous peoples;
    • the diversity and Indigenous peoples, perspectives, practices, and experiences;
    • impacts of colonization in relation to research; and,
    • recent efforts to shift the colonial impacts
  • Explore the foundations for community-engaged research, including principles of building reciprocal and trusting relationships
  • Familiarize yourself with concepts of decolonization in a One Health research space
  • Promote Indigenous ethics, including ways of knowing, being, and doing in research to cultivate a deeper understanding/awareness re: the importance of developing parallel institutional processes in ethics
  • Provide strategies for ethics and research with Indigenous communities
  • Understand the heart of advocating for data sovereignty/ownership, self determination, etc.
  • Foster networking opportunities and support for those engaged in ethics processes

Date: June 8-10, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Course fee: $300 CAD Non-credit  

Instructors: Drs. Kelly Munkittrick, Fred Wrona, Leland Jackson, Kerry Black, and more.

Description: This course will explore: 

  • An overview of development, societal and environmental issues in two major watersheds in Alberta (the Mackenzie and Bow River Basins)
  • Historical context of issues, overview of monitoring/assessment programs,
  • Development of new adaptive, integrated approaches to monitoring and assess environmental impacts at local and regional scales


  • The Mackenzie and Bow River Basins
  • Designing aquatic environmental monitoring programs
  • Overview: Oil sands Monitoring Programs; AOSERP, RAMP, JOSM to OSM
  • Indigenous perspectives on priorities for citizen monitoring for the Bow River drainage
  • and more...

Prerequisite: None

Learning Outcomes:

  • Scientific challenges associated with addressing societal, economic, and environmental issues in monitoring system design
  • Complexities associated with regulatory decision-making processes related to the management and mitigation of impacts from multiple environmental stressors
  • Considerations that need to be made in design an effective, scientific credible monitoring system
  • Recognizing the importance of multiple knowledge systems

Introduction to Bioinformatics

Gain experience in bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing (NGS), using freely available tools (R) and online database resources.

Principles of Biostatistics

Gain a fundamental foundation of the basic concepts in biostatistics, with a focus on statistical testing and modeling used in statistical research studies.

Entrepreneurial Thinking in One Health

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

This course is offered by BioNet Alberta and the Southern Alberta Genome Sciences Centre, in partnership with the AMR-One Health Consortium and One Health at UCalgary.

Date: June 14-16, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Course fee: $500 CAD Non-credit 

Instructors: Dr. Athanasios Zovoilis, Liam Mitchell, and Rodrigo Ortega-Polo

Description: In this course, participants will

  • Gain an exposure to entry-level bioinformatics analysis of Next Generation Sequencing Data through an online workshop utilizing freely available tools and websites that may be accessed from any workstation.
  • Gain hands-on experience retrieving and analysing genomic data and become familiar with the applications and limitations of tools used for these purposes.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the R software suite and discover methods of visualizing data to understand relationships and perform complex statistics correctly on those datasets.
  • Discover the Comprehensive Antibiotic Resistance Database (CARD) and use available online resources to analysed genomes for genes related to antibiotic resistance in bacteria.


  • Introduction to bioinformatics and analysis of raw sequencing data
  • Introduction to R and using R to visualize complex biological datasets
  • Introduction to the use of Bioinformatics in antimicrobial resistance and the CARD database in bacterial genomes


Participants should have a relevant degree in a field relating to Biological or Life Sciences.  Although this program welcomes participants with a degree in Computer Science, the workshop is aimed at providing basic level computational skills and will focus on those over any background biological information.  In some circumstances undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the field of biological sciences an in later years of that degree may be considered for inclusion into this workshop.

Date: June 14-25, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Course fee: $500 CAD Non-credit (Financial Support is available

Instructors: Katherine Burak, and Gayani Thalagoda 


This course is offered by the University of Calgary Biostatistics Centre, in partnership with One Health at UCalgary, and will serve as a fundamental foundation for participants to understand the basic concepts of Biostatistics and further focus on statistical testing and modeling used in statistical research studies.


  • Data Collection/Sampling Methods
  • Data Classification/Data Presentation
  • Measure of Central Tendency and Variability
  • Introduction to hypothesis testing
  • Hypothesis test for one mean
  • Confidence interval for one mean
  • Hypothesis test for one proportion
  • Confidence interval for one proportion
  • and more... 

Prerequisite: None

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of Biostatistics to summarize and draw conclusions from data.
  2. Formulate testable research questions, evaluate the suitability of different research designs, plan a well-designed experiment or clinical trial, choose an appropriate statistical test and present results in a scientific and comprehensible manner.
  3. Implement R-software and analyze statistical results for biomedical and veterinary data.


This course is offered by Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, in partnership with the AMR-One Health Consortium and One Health at UCalgary.

Date: June 21-24, 2021

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Course fee: $600 CAD Non-credit 

Instructors: Instructor and guest speakers are invited by Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Course Objectives:

  1. To stimulate early entrepreneurial thinking among participants and encourage commercialization of ideas.
  2. To encourage participants to look at entrepreneurship through a broader lens, beyond commercialization. 


  • Intro to Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Design Thinking & Systems Thinking
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Social enterprises 
  • How to build your pitch
  • and more... 


Prior training and experience in AMR and/or One Health

A huge thank you to our sponsors who awarded One Health Summer Institute Bursaries to our graduate students from across the world.

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If you have any questions regarding the One Health Summer Institute, or need any assistance in this regard, please contact us at Email: and we will assist you as soon as we can. 

Thank you!