About the School

The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Saskatchewan was established in 2007 as a multi-disciplinary entity and centre of excellence in teaching, research and community outreach in the field of public health.

The SPH offers unique and innovative training opportunities exclusively to graduate students, with the aim of educating and preparing public health professionals of the future for the constant evolution and challenges that await them in the field. Instruction is delivered by a faculty with extensive academic and research expertise covering a broad array of disciplines, from local issues such as Aboriginal peoples’ health and agricultural public health, to more global concerns such as vaccinology, infectious diseases and social behavioral health.

Development of substantial and innovative public health research opportunities is a key goal for the SPH. Learn more about SPH research here.

Vision

The School of Public Health will be recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in public health education, discovery and collaborative partnerships.

Mission

The School of Public Health will engage in interdisciplinary teaching, research and practice to improve the health outcomes of the people of Saskatchewan, Canada and the world. The School’s faculty and students, in collaboration with University and community partners, will build on the unique features of Saskatchewan to offer programs of teaching, learning, and research.

Principles and Values

  • A stable, supportive learning and work environment striving for excellence
  • Respect, fairness and transparency
  • Diversity and equity
  • Collaborative partnerships that are mutually beneficial

World-class facilities

Graduate students enrolled in the School of Public Health have access to many world-class research facilities at the University of Saskatchewan:

  • A $100 million academic health sciences complex housing interdisciplinary health sciences education and state-of-the-art research laboratories. The complex ensures a top-quality environment for health sciences education, and is home to the School of Public Health.
  • The Western College of Veterinary Medicine – Research expertise in areas such as environmental water safety and quality, food safety and quality, and the epidemiology of animal-borne human disease, such as West Nile virus and cryptosporidium. The WCVM hosts the Canadian centre that monitors and reports on wild animal diseases across Canada, such as chronic wasting disease in deer and elk.
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization and International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) – A world leader in research on infectious diseases, with strength and expertise in the study of disease pathogenesis and the development of novel vaccines and vaccination technologies, with one of the largest vaccine research laboratories in North America. A biosafety Level 3 containment facility, which will allow research on diseases such as hepatitis C, SARS, HIV, tuberculosis and avian influenza.
  • The Canadian Light Source (CLS) – The CLS is Canada’s only high-energy synchrotron. It is a $135 million facility that produces high-energy light so bright that it allows scientists to “see” the molecular structure of matter. Medical beam lines enable high-resolution imaging of protein structures to help create better vaccines.
  • Innovation Place - Adjacent to the University of Saskatchewan, Innovation Place is one of the most successful university-related research parks in North America. It is home to many organizations within the research and development community in Saskatchewan.