Kate Snedeker

I work as a surveillance epidemiologist with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and I hold adjunct appointments at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

Prior to coming to Alberta, I completed a PhD examining the epidemiology of E. coli O157 outbreaks in Canada/USA/Scotland and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ontario Veterinary College where my work focused on pre-harvest food safety, evidence-based research methodologies and food-borne/zoonotic pathogens.

I worked briefly on contract for the Public Health Agency of Canada before taking up a position with AHS.

My current work at AHS involves surveillance of communicable diseases, primarily enteric and zoonotic pathogens. This includes preparation of surveillance reports, management of human FoodNet data for Alberta, analytics support for outbreaks and creation of Tableau dashboards to communicate data on enteric pathogens, outbreaks and beach water quality.

My professional and research interests include the epidemiology of enteric/zoonotic pathogens, outbreak control, systematic reviews and One Health approaches to public health.
I have taught sessions on epidemiological methods, surveillance, food-borne outbreak control and vectorborne diseases. Along with partners at other agencies and organizations in Alberta, I helped to found and get initial funding for the Alberta One Health Network.


PhD, University of Edinburgh, 2008
BA, Princeton University, 1999


Kraut R, Snedeker K, Babenko O, Honish H. Influence of School Year on Seasonality of Norovirus in Developed Countries. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, 2017.

Snedeker KG, Sikora C. Q Fever in Alberta, Canada: 1998-2011. Zoonoses and Public Health, 2013; 61(2):124-30.

Snedeker KG, Canning P, Totton SC, Sargeant JM. Completeness of Reporting in Abstracts from Clinical Trials of Pre-harvest Interventions Against Foodborne Pathogens. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2012; 104 (1-2): 15-22.

Snedeker KG, Sargeant JM, Campbell M. A systematic review of vaccinations to reduce the shedding of E. coli O157 in the feces of domestic ruminants. Zoonoses and Public Health, 2011; 59(2): 126-138.

Snedeker KG, Shaw DJ, Locking M, Prescott RJ. Primary and secondary cases in Escherichia coli O157 outbreaks: A statistical analysis. BMC Infectious Diseases, 2009; 9:144.