Welcome to the 2019
One HEALtH (Human Environment Animal Links to Health) Student Challenge!

The 2019 Challenge has now concluded. Congratulations to this year’s winners: The Dogwalkers! Click here to see the frameworks created by the six interdisciplinary teams who competed.

A One Health approach to the health issues that face the planet today requires collaborations across multiple sectors and disciplines locally, nationally, and globally. One Health works at the intersection of human and animal health, with the natural and built environments contributing to, and transforming this relationship.

Many One Health initiatives are driven by socioeconomic issues that include, but are not limited to population growth; nutritional, agricultural, and trade practices; poverty; globalization; land use and resource development; urbanization and migration; social justice and conflict; and climate change.

In the 2019 One HEALtH Student Challenge you will work in undergraduate interdisciplinary teams. Together with your team, you’ll develop a plan to tackle a One Health issue facing our world today.

For this year’s challenge, students will develop a strategy for a designing a plan for the Ottawa inner city area to create the environment and social conditions that allow anyone, including marginalized or vulnerable populations, to be able to effectively care for, and derive the health benefits (psychologically, socially, emotionally and physically) of companion pets. Students must consider the scientific evidence, the social and environmental context, communications, and the policies, programs and infrastructure that are needed to promote healthy human-pet interactions in a dense urban area.

The Challenge will launch with a training workshop on October 4, 2019, and will run until November 22, 2019. At the end of the challenge, you and your team will communicate your strategy to a panel of judges at a final exhibit.

Members of the winning team will have the opportunity to work as a research intern for one academic term.

All participants will develop skills associated with working in multi-disciplinary teams to develop out-of-the-box, community-engaged approaches to a One Health issue.

The One HEALtH Student Challenge is hosted by the CHAIM Centre and the Discovery Centre at Carleton University and is a part of the One Health Day Campaign.

Want to know more about a One Health approach?

One Welfare


One Health: From Idea to Action 

The Ties that Bind: One Health

What does One Health mean to you?