One Health


The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers MSc and PhD degrees with research in One Health. One Health is an integrated effort across multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for humans, animals and the environment. One Health recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and the environment are inextricably linked as ‘one’.

Students entering our program come from a variety of different backgrounds including four-year honours undergraduate programs in medical or health sciences. Students with graduate degrees in medical and health sciences or professional degrees in these disciplines may also apply. There are no set course prerequisites for the One Health research, although entering students are encouraged to have taken courses in biological and medical sciences. 

The normal timeframe for the MSc program is six terms, and 12 terms for students in the PhD program. A thesis, which is defended at an oral examination, is required for both the MSc and PhD degrees. PhD students are required to take a comprehensive examination at the end of the first year.

In research projects, determined in collaboration with the supervisor and advisory committee, students work on a health topic, considering a variety of factors impacting the health of humans, animals, and the environment.  Students meet regularly with their advisory committee; a minimum of once a year is a requirement. The Graduate Education Committee meets on a regular basis to oversee the program and monitor progress of all students.

Training of students in methods and techniques necessary for their research work takes place in the supervisor's (and/or advisor's) laboratory and adequate progress mastering the required technical skills is monitored by the supervisor and advisory committee.

Students will take courses related to the foundations and application of One Health and a journal club/seminar course. Students will also have the opportunity to select courses related to principles of epidemiology, infectious diseases, animal health, indigenous health, socio-economic determinants of health, environmental health, research methods, as well as a variety of courses at Western University that best suit their proposed graduate research project. These courses are selected by the students, in consultation with the supervisor and advisory committee members.

Students will have the opportunity to enrich their training through seminars and workshops offered by Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and other departments and faculties across Western University.

Details on the part-time program can be found in the Pathology tab above.

Students upon graduation will be able to pursue career opportunities in:

  • academia
  • health professions – health consultants, public health officers (with an MPH degree);
  • business and industry - researchers, consultants, managers, and analysts
  • government - analysts, scientists, policy developers, managers.

Part-time MSc and PhD

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a part-time option for MSc and PhD students. Adjudication for our part-time program is different than our full-time program; for more details, please contact

The part-time program considers two terms of part-time study to be equivalent to one term of full-time registration. Similar to the full-time program in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, to be considered for admission, the applicant must have an undergraduate degree in science (or equivalent), or a professional degree such as an MD or a DVM degree from an accredited institution. The minimum average for acceptance is 80%.

How to Apply click here.