UAlberta Facts

Distinctively U of A

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 prevention.

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. The libraries provide access to more than 12 million items, 1.3 million electronic books and streaming media titles, and 90,000 electronic journals.

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.

In 2014, the U of A released its second MOOC, Understanding Video Games (UVG), available from the Faculty of Arts. The course explores what we can learn from video games, such as how they capture and hold our attention and what they tell us about our views on issues like gender, sex, and violence. UVG has attracted more than 27,000 online learners from 154 countries.

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.

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College, which welcomed its pioneer class in September 2015, offers 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.