The School of Public Health is Canada’s first fully accredited, stand-alone
faculty dedicated to public health with a focus on safety, wellness, and disease
The Faculty of Native Studies, Canada’s only such faculty, provides
undergraduate programs specializing in the study of Aboriginal experiences, and
issues of language, culture, land, and resources.
The U of A Libraries comprises Canada’s second-largest research library system,
ranks first in volumes available per student thanks to a library consortium that
arranges access to 10.6 million items, and provides access to more than one
million electronic books and more than 1,500 electronic databases.
The U of A has long been considered a hotbed of paleontology research
thanks in large part to the work of world-renowned dinosaur expert Phil Currie.
Dinosaur enthusiasts around the world have the opportunity to learn from Currie
himself through Dino 101, the university’s successful first foray into the world
of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
U of A Museums is a distributed network of 29 diverse collections, totalling
more than 17 million objects housed in 120 locations within departments
across campus, from art and archeology to paleontology and zoology.
Opening in 2016, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College will offer students
an inclusive, interdisciplinary undergraduate leadership development program
designed to forge leaders through formal and co-curricular learning,
engagement, and mentorship. Headed by founding principal and former
Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, the college is part of an initiative
between the U of A and The Banff Centre to create one of the world’s pre-eminent
leadership development programs.