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).
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.
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
Recommended: Public Health Lecture Series
Optional: 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
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.