What is One Health?
One Health is an integrated effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for humans, animals and the environment.
The Honors Specialization in One Health, leading to a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc) degree, was created in collaboration with Western University’s Departments of Sociology and Geography in the Faculty of Social Science to enrich the learning experience of students.
The module offers an innovative, interdisciplinary education and research experience for students, which focuses on the intricate link between animal health, environmental health, socioeconomic factors and human health.
Why is the Honors Specialization in One Health unique?
- It is the only undergraduate degree program specializing in One Health in Canada.
- It provides access to unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge in life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the humanities with the focus on attaining optimal human health.
- It offers research projects in the senior year with access to supervisors from various departments and faculties at Western University.
The goal of the module is to develop future leaders in Canadian Health Care with the necessary skills to make use of the interdisciplinary One Health systems approach.
Year 1: In year 1, students will take courses in biology, chemistry, math and physics.
Years 2 and 3: In years 2 and 3, students will be trained in the biological sciences, environmental sciences, health geography and health sociology.
Year 4: In year 4, students will receive advanced training through courses covering biological, sociological and environmental factors including interactions with humans, and will conduct an individual research project.
These courses and educational experiences are carefully structured to enable students to develop competence in health skills emphasizing a One Health systems approach.