University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

About the ITraP Program

Important Notice

In January 2017, ITraP admitted its final cohort of interdisciplinary trainees. Effective 2018, the program will transition to become the course-based University of Saskatchewan Graduate Certificate in One Health. Stay tuned for more information on how you can become involved and add this specialized One Health training to your current graduate program.

Who Should Apply

If you are a thesis-based graduate student who is interested in being a part of a groundbreaking program geared toward human and animal health, consider applying to ITraP! 

It is a great opportunity to get involved in an interdisciplinary initiative that's geared toward global public health. It will also provide you with experience working with students and supervisors from our international partner institutions.

We will accept applications for the 2017 program up to 15 September 2016. To apply, please submit one PDF file that includes the following items to

Interviews will be conducted in fall 2016 for the 1 January 2017 start date. Students will be selected based on their:

The Program

This program will train students in multi-disciplinary approaches to infectious diseases and food safety through integrated input from outstanding co-applicants and collaborators. This group collectively brings expertise in:

Using this collaborative/interdisciplinary approach to learning, the students will learn about the present and future challenges of global health issues. They will also be able to:


In accepting an offer to join ITraP, students indicate their serious intent complete all four components of the program over the course of one year (typically January-December). This involves:

1. ONEH 800: Principles and Practice of One Health (January-April)

2. ONEH 801: Seminar in Advanced Applications of One Health Problem Solving (May-June)

Students may credit the courses to the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Certificate in One Health. This credential is granted during convocation from the graduate program if other requirements are satisfied and indicated on the application to graduate. 

3. Week-long international summer school held either in Saskatoon, SK; Ludhiana, India; or Berlin, Germany (dependent on the year)

4. Externship placement with a government, industry or academic institution

Learning Cycle

Our integrated training program with its opportunities for mobility, externships and summer school will be used to link international scholars and practitioners. In turn, they will work together and identify inter-disciplinary research questions for the program's students. 

Students will not only gain access to such outstanding mentors and lab environments, but they will also be trained in some of Canada’s best research facilities such as:

Career Possibilities

Many graduates of the ITraP program will assume leadership or leadership-track positions in industry and government. Other students who are following doctoral and postdoctoral training may be based in basic or applied infectious disease research laboratories.

Government agencies, industry and academia urgently need highly qualified personnel (HQP) who are equipped with a understanding of infectious diseases and food safety but can also develop more effective strategies of disease prevention, management and control.

The program's multi-disciplinary training — combined with the exposure to the work environment in the public sector and industry — will prepare our trainees to fill these required positions. 

As the trainees branch out into careers of their primary disciplines, they will also have the capacity to rapidly regroup into highly effective teams with abilities to translate cutting-edge scientific and public health approaches into policy that is tailored to the particular emerging pandemic or challenge at hand.

Funding provided by NSERC