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Veterinary Epidemiology (MSc)

Course Description

This is a joint programme provided by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists and there are excellent career opportunities for graduates. This course provides training in essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

Graduates from this course hold positions in a variety of organisations including: Ministries of Agriculture & Food; Veterinary Investigation Laboratories; Animal Disease Research Institutes; Animal Health Trusts; Veterinary Faculties in Universities and International Organisations concerned with global health (DFID, FAO, WHO, OIE, etc).

- Full programme specification (pdf) (http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/vet_epi_programme_specification.pdf)

Visit the website http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msve.html


By the end of this course students will be able to:

- design and implement epidemiological studies and surveillance systems

- analyse and interpret data from epidemiological studies

- undertake risk analysis and apply this to animal health economics

- apply epidemiological principles to disease control within animal and human populations

- give pragmatic advice on animal health linked to welfare, production and public health

- communicate effectively on the health of animal and human populations to a range of audiences, including the general public, farmers, researchers, politicians and other key policy makers


Term 1:
All students take the compulsory modules and usually take the recommended modules.

Compulsory modules:

Extended Epidemiology
Epidemiological Aspects of Laboratory Investigation
Surveillance of Animal Health & Production
Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
Data Management for Epidemiological Studies
Communication Skills in Epidemiology

Public Health Lecture Series

Epidemiology in Context
Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
Introduction to Computing

Terms 2 and 3:
Students take a total of five compulsory study modules, one from each timetable slot (Slot 1, Slot 2 etc.).

Slot 1: Animal Health Economics

Slot 2: Statistical Methods in Epidemiology

Slot 3: Modelling and the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Slot 4: Epidemiology & Control of Communicable Diseases

Slot 5: Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

Further details for the course modules - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/currentstudents/studentinformation/msc_module_handbook/section2_coursedescriptions/tvet.html

Project Report (MSc only):
During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on a topic in veterinary epidemiology, for submission by early September.

Intercalating this course

Undergraduate medical students can take a year out either to pursue related studies or work. The School welcomes applications from medical students wishing to intercalate after their third year of study from any recognised university in the world.

Why intercalate with us?:
Reputation: The School has an outstanding international reputation in public health & tropical medicine and is at the forefront of global health research. It is highly rated in a number of world rankings including:

- World’s leading research-focused graduate school (Times Higher Education World Rankings, 2013)
- Third in the world for social science and public health (US News Best Global Universities Ranking, 2014)
- Second in UK for research impact (Research Exercise Framework 2014)
- Top in Europe for impact (Leiden Ranking, 2015)

Highly recognised qualification: possessing a Master's from the School will give you a focused understanding of health and disease, broaden your career prospects and allow you to be immersed in research in a field of your choice.

Valuable skills: you will undertake an independent research project (summer project) in your chosen topic, equipping you with research skills that will distinguish you in a clinical environment. While your medical qualification will give you a breadth of knowledge; undertaking an intercalated degree will allow you to explore your main area of interest in greater depth.

Alumni network: the School has a strong international and diverse alumni community, with more than 20,000 alumni in over 180 countries.

MSc vs. BSc: undertaking an MSc is an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth specialist knowledge in your chosen topic and enhance your skills in scientific research. Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly sought after by clinicians and possessing a Masters qualification can assist you in your future career progression.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/study/masters/msve.html#sixth

Visit the Veterinary Epidemiology (MSc) page on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Mastin

198.gif After graduating from Liverpool Vet School in 2005 I was engaged in practice at a small surgery in Cheshire for 18 months where I was able to taste the front-line and reflect on my career options after an arduous 6 years. Having experienced the adventure of veterinary research both at Liverpool and during an intercalated year at the Royal Veterinary College in London, the temptation to return to this field of study proved overpowering and I was successful in my bid to join the Veterinary Epidemiology MSc course at RVC in October 2008. Other members of the course I discovered came from a wider range of disciplines than veterinary science, as well as a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, and both factors have contributed considerably to the course dynamic. The unique and very special collaboration between the Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has also allowed me to experience the diverse applications of epidemiology from numerous different perspectives and in various contexts.

I have found the academic environment inspirational – with regular thought-provoking extracurricular lectures and motivational colleagues bringing their own knowledge and experiences. Exceptional teaching staff and well planned lectures and practical sessions have instilled in me a passion for both the theoretical and the practical applications of the discipline, and I am enthused about the prospect of using the knowledge I have gained in my future career. Although frequently challenging, my time at the LSHTM has been outstanding, and it is an institution –and an experience – I would recommend to anyone.

(Student Profile)

Morris Mzyambo

200.gif Before coming to LSHTM I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Universities of London (St. Georges and UCL) and Cambridge having done an MSc and PhD at the University of Liverpool and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia. The course at LSHTM has exceeded my expectations. The quality of tuition and level of support is the best I have ever come across. The school also has excellent pastoral support for its students. LSHTM has managed to assemble world class experts in all areas relevant to its curriculum. The course content is a perfect mix of theory and practice, the best way to prepare for a career in epidemiology.

I recommend the course to all prospective students without reservation.

(Student Profile)

Alun Simpson

4356.jpeg I came to the MSc Epidemiology at the School and Royal Veterinary College as an intercalating student from another UK vet school. For me, the course was an opportunity to pursue an academic subject that I had developed an interest in whilst in the pre-clinical stage of my undergrad and also to broaden my career prospects. The Master’s allowed me to study epidemiology in the detail that the bachelor’s courses don’t have the time for. In addition, the international reputation for teaching and research of the School and RVC was a big draw.

The quality of the lectures and tutorials are really excellent and the course stands up to its reputation. There is a real wealth of knowledge represented by all of the staff, and the number of different speakers, lecturers and tutors means that specific expertise is easily accessible. The breadth of subjects covered during the course also means that, as a student, not only do you get a really good foundation in epidemiological techniques, but you also get to learn a great deal about the context in which epidemiology is important. Such understanding will help me in any veterinary career I pursue in the future, whether it is in practice or academia.

(Student Profile)

Morris Muzyamba

4395.jpg The MSc Veterinary Epidemiology was invaluable as it taught me almost as much about human epidemiology as it did about animals, providing me with greater career opportunities. The course was definitely a significant stepping stone towards attaining my current role as a Senior Epidemiologist for the Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Department of Public Health, England. The proudest moments of my career to date have been having a paper published in the Journal of Veterinary Education and presenting a paper at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in London.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first- or second-class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate experience, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills (e.g. A Level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree). Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.

Last Updated

17 February 2017

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