iTraP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy

Integrated Training Program in Infectious Diseases, Food Safety and Public Policy (ITraP), is the first graduate program of its kind in Canada. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), ITraP is an interdisciplinary, international training initiative in infectious diseases, food safety and public policy based at the University of Saskatchewan. This program is based on the 'One Health' ideas and goals.

The program's ultimate goal: To reduce the medical, economic and social impacts of outbreaks for people, industries and the public sector.

ITraP is recruiting for 2017



One Health Graduate Certificate Program

One Health is an interdisciplinary, multi-sectorial approach used to address the complex issues of the 21st century, as much in research and teaching as in the development of policies, programs and services. It has been defined as "the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working together locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment" (American Veterinary Medical Association 2008).  International attention to this approach is evident in such initiatives as the One Health Consortium ( ), One Health Initiative ( ) and One Health Forum ( ).  With considerable strength in this area, the University of Saskatchewan has designated One Health one of six priority Signature Areas of research for the institution:

Aboriginal Peoples: Engagement and Scholarship

Agriculture: Food and Bioproducts for a Sustainable Future

Energy and Mineral Resources: Technology and Public Policy for a Sustainable Environment

One Health: Solutions at the Animal-Human-Environment Interface

Synchrotron Sciences: Innovation in Health, Environment and Advanced Technologies

Water Security: Stewardship of the World's Freshwater Resources

Benefits to Students

The Certificate in One Health will help future professionals to:

1) understand the connectedness of, and enhance the well-being of, animal and human health and the health of the environment;

2) obtain the interdisciplinary knowledge and skill sets needed to assess and respond to issues from these complex interactions; and

3) think across the continuum from scientific discovery to policy development. These abilities are increasingly important as more and more professionals from across disciplines are required to assess and respond to issues arising from the complex interactions of animals, humans, and the environment.

The Certificate in One Health program will prepare graduate students to address complex problems in a creative, integrated, and systematic manner at an advanced level. They will learn how to navigate complex systems and develop strong skill sets in interdisciplinary knowledge analysis and integration.  The Certificate program will also honor multiple ways of knowing, including the holistic nature of Indigenous thought.  


Graduate Certificate

Students enrolled in existing masters and doctoral programs at the University of Saskatchewan will be eligible to also enroll in the certificate as a supplementary qualification. The certificate would be recognized on the student's transcripts and a parchment awarded at convocation. The certificate option maximizes development of an interdisciplinary knowledge and skill set while maintaining disciplinary depth in the student's core graduate program.

Guiding Principles of the Pedagogy

A collaborative, interdisciplinary, experiential approach to problem-based learning guides all aspects of course development and implementation. The University of Saskatchewan's Certificate in One Health is  distinguished by the development of student skills in creative and critical problem-solving across disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary knowledge integration across cultures and sectors in local, national and global contexts. A key feature of the program is its online participation from international students, as well as students in various other locations across Canada.

Examination of issues in the program will take a holistic approach, based on a wide body of evidence that recognizes the importance of diverse ways of knowing for interdisciplinary problem-solving. It is expected that students already come to the Certificate in One Health with significant content knowledge in the area of specialization of their graduate studies.

Program Requirements:


Students must be registered in the College of Graduate Studies and Research in a Masters or PhD program.

Admission Average:

A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants will submit the following documents in the admission package to

•           Transcripts

•           Letter of intent

•           Curriculum vitae

•           Approval of the graduate student supervisory committee

The selected candidates will undergo an interview by the admission panel of the Program Committee.

Language Proficiency Requirements:

Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English. See the College of Graduate Studies and Research Academic Information and Policies for more information

Degree Requirements:

 This program consists of the following courses, totaling 6 credits units, to be completed during full-time enrolment during a one-year period, including:

•           ONEH 800

•           ONEH 801

There will be no double-counting permitted. The six (6) credit units cannot be credited in a program other than the One Health Graduate Certificate.

Working in collaborative teams, students choose and apply appropriate interdisciplinary problem-solving and decision-making tools to self-selected, current One Health problems. Students enrich the depth and breadth of their knowledge about One Health issues, learn about dilemmas and breakthroughs in the field, and hone their skills working in intercultural, interdisciplinary teams. During the program, students will document their intellectual and emotional growth, and in a final assignment, reflect upon their learning, and its application in their thesis research and broader academic experience.

PHARE: Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem

The Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem (PHARE) Graduate Training Program is aimed at:

  • drawing skills from across the country to responde to changing demographics and technology,

  • addressing the challenges facing persons living in rural Canada as they seek a healthy, safe and sustainable lifestyle,

  • building capacity in agricultural and health related fields as they pertain to rural Canada utilizing the best of available resources nationally and internationally,

  • developing a critical mass of trainees who have a focus on agricultural and rural related issues and who will provide an agricultural/rural perspective to their individual field of study and/ or who will train future trainees.

This training program is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).