Norman Neumann, PhD

Professor, School of Public Health


Professor, School of Public Health
(780) 492-8502
3-57E South Academic Building
11328 - 89 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J7



We are products of our environment. Our health depends on how healthy our environment is.

Physical, chemical, and biological hazards in the environment threaten human health. The inextricable linkages between humans, animals and the environment reflect the concept of ‘One-Health.' Similarly, globalization of food, water and natural resources has led to a greater interaction of the human species across geographical boundaries, expanding our accessible environments but also diversifying human health threats. 

In this context we are ‘One-World.' The ‘One-World-One Health’ concept represents a renewed focus in public health; an emerging paradigm in which disease prevention is viewed in the context of the environment. 

Biological hazards are particularly relevant to global human health. Of the more than 1400 infectious diseases known to man, approximately 60% are zoonotic. It is estimated that 75% of all newly emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic. 

Some of the more notorious examples include pandemic influenza, E. coli O157, and prion diseases (i.e., BSE). Even the perception that a health risk exists can be economically crippling, as exemplified by the recent outbreaks of BSE and listeriosis in Canada. Therefore, comprehensive public health strategies for infectious disease prevention must include environmental protection. 

My research program focuses on development of novel approaches and tools for detecting, tracking and assessing human health risks associated with biological hazards in the environment (viruses, bacteria, protozoans, prions). 


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, 2000 
PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, 1999 
BSc, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, 1992


Scholarly Activities

Research - Characterizing patterns of contagion and transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids

Principal Investigator 
funded by PrioNet Canada and the Alberta Prion Research Institute

Research - Prevalence and distribution of enteric viruses in Alberta watersheds

Co-principal Investigator 
funded by the Alberta Water for Life Strategy

Research - Prions and the environment

Co-principal Investigator 
funded by PrioNet Canada and the Alberta Prion Research Institute

Research - Safe, secure water supplies in Alberta

Co-principal Investigator 
funded by the Alberta Water Research Institute


Characterization of cefoxitin- resistant Escherichia coli isolated from recreational beaches and private drinking water in Canada between 2004 and 2006.
Author(s): Mataseje L.F, N. F. Neumann, B. Crago, P. Baudry, G.G. Zhanel, M. Louie , M. R. Mulvey, and the ARO Water Study Group.
Publication: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Volume: 53
Page Numbers: 3126-3130

Method comparison for the isolation and detection of thermophilic campylobacters in agricultural watersheds: An inter-laboratory study.
Author(s): Khan, I. U.H., V. Gannon, A. Loughborough, C. Jokinen, R. Kent, W. Koning, D. R. Lapen, D. Medeiros, J. Miller, N. F. Neumann, R. Phillips, H. Schreier, E. Topp, E. van Bochove, and T. A. Edge.
Publication: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Volume: 79
Page Numbers: 307–313

Seasonal relationships among indicator bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, Cryptosporidium oocysts, Giardia cysts, and hydrological indices for surface waters within an agricultural landscape.
Author(s): Wilkes, G., T. Edge, V. Gannon, C. Jokinen, E. Lyautey, D. Medeiros, N. F. Neumann, N. Ruecker, E. Topp, and D. R. Lapen.
Publication: Water Research
Volume: 43
Page Numbers: 2209-2223