Opportunities

For internship opportunities being offered through the One Health Student Committee check out the OHSC Internship Opportunities page.

Thesis-based MSc Candidate

Piloting a framework to guide collaborative management of complex One Health issues at the wildlife, domestic animal and/or human interface

A 2-year MSc opportunity, commencing in May 2020, is available in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. This position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jane Parmley and Cathy Bauman.

The focus of this MSc will be to apply and evaluate a new tool kit outlining best practices and steps for putting a One Health approach into practice. Livestock production today is confronted by many complex health and disease challenges such as infectious disease, climate change, animal welfare, environmental and economic sustainability among many more. Many of these challenges have different anticipated positive and negative impacts for the environment, farmed animals, wildlife and humans and consequently present a dilemma for stakeholders charged with managing risk at these interfaces. Depending on the health hazard, animal type and region, the total economic and social costs and benefits are not allocated equitably. In some scenarios, the livestock industry may experience positive impacts, while in other situations, one of the other sectors may be more likely to benefit. Access to finite shared resources such as land for grazing, wildlife habitat, recreational use, and industrial development complicate negotiation and present barriers to effective and sustainable solutions.

Interactions between humans, livestock and wildlife are complex and interventions can have unpredictable and often unintended public health, social and economic impacts. A One Health approach grounded in systems thinking and transdisciplinarity offers a new framework to characterize complex challenges. What is missing to date is a tool kit outlining best practices and key steps for implementation of a One Health approach. Efforts to develop this tool are currently underway.

Working with government and non-government partners as well as faculty in the Department of Population Medicine, the successful candidate will help further refine and pilot the tool kit and develop/implement an evaluation plan with industry and other partners. Applicants with a keen interest in One Health are encouraged to apply. Selection of the successful candidate will be based on a combination of academic excellence, relevant experience, career goals and referees’ evaluations. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Stipend will be $18,500 per annum for two years. Applicants must meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph and those who have successfully completed an introductory epidemiology and/or One Health course are preferred.

To apply, please initially submit a cover letter indicating your interest in the project and relevant experience, an unofficial transcript, a full curriculum vitae (CV), and contact information for two references to: Dr. Jane Parmley, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine, jparmley@uoguelph.ca.

Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/programs/popmed

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities


One Health Lessons – Lesson Leaders Program

Ready to use your One Health knowledge outside of the classroom? Want to make a difference in your community and change the world? Ready to inspire children and their families to value One Health? 

One Health Lessons
Image Text: "One health Lessons proudly launches its Lesson Leaders Program. Ready to use your scientific knowledge outside of the classroom/lab/office? Want to make a difference in your community and change the world? Ready to inspire children and their families to value one Health? By becoming a lesson leader with One Health Lessons you can play your part in the global One Health Education Movement - it's easy. During training =, lesson Leaders: 1. Attend a single 1-hour online overview session (in English). 2. Observe at least 2 virtual lessons (in English). 3. Teach a class (remotely where appropriate) with the assistance of a 2nd volunteer. Once you've completed your training, you can teach as many One Health Lessons as you wish to children who are eager to learn from a real-life scientist!"

By becoming a volunteer Lesson Leader with One Health Lessons, you can play your part in the Global One Health Education Movement – it’s easy: 

During training, Lesson Leaders:

  1. Attend a single one-hour online overview session (in English)
  2. Observe at least 2 virtual one-hour lessons (in English)
  3. Teach a class (remotely where appropriate) with the assistance of a second volunteer

Once you’ve completed your training, you can volunteer to teach as many One Health lessons (from OneHealthLessons.com) as you wish to children and adults who are eager to learn! 

Ready to contribute to the Global One Health Education Movement? 
Please contact Doris Ma at LessonLeadersProgram@gmail.com and she will assist you in getting started.