The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration

About the Program

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The Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration is designed to provide graduate training for veterinarians interested in pursuing public health service oriented careers with local, state, federal and international public health and animal health agencies. The MPH program supports the unique role that veterinarians can play as members of the broader public health community. Enrolled students take classes at both North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU CVM) and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Enrolled students are veterinarians, Some are recent graduates others have many years of prior veterinary practice experience. The MPH builds on this training, by engaging the collective expertise of faculty mentors, enrolled students, and colleagues representing various local, state and federal agencies working throughout the Research Triangle Area (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill).

The MPH program with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration provides advanced graduate training in epidemiology and the opportunity to take electives in one or more of the following areas:

  • Outbreak investigation and disease eradication;
  • Food safety and security;
  • Field Epidemiology;
  • Community preparedness and disaster management;
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analysis;
  • Livestock health management and trade policy;
  • Public health, and the identification and control of zoonotic pathogens.

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration course site.

Career snapshots

The field of veterinary epidemiology provides a wealth of opportunities for veterinarians interested in working with populations on animal, human and environmental health issues. Prior students are engaged in various public health oriented careers with local, state, and federal agencies, non-government agencies..

Practice Areas

  • Outbreak investigation, and disease eradication;
  • Food safety and security;
  • Field epidemiology;
  • Community preparedness and disaster management;
  • Geographic information systems and spatial analysis;
  • Livestock health management and trade policy;
  • Public health and the identification and control of zoonotic pathogens.

United States Department of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS) state veterinary medical officers

United States Department of Agriculture: Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) public health veterinarians

Regional epidemiology positions (require additional degree), animal health surveillance, regulatory compliance, outbreak investigation, disease control and eradication

Public health veterinarians responsible for ensuring the safety of the commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products moving interstate or exported to other countries, is wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. Involved in epidemiology, pathology, and evaluation of food safety programs to reduce prevalence of food borne hazards

US Military

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • US Army Veterinary Corps
  • US Air Force Public Health Corps
  • Enter as captain or equivalent; further training to Master’s level (MPH, MVPH) and specialty board certification (e.g., ACLAM, ACVPM) will advance career
  • Food safety, food security, canine corps, preventive medicine
  • Epidemiologic intelligence service (EIS)
  • Speciality branches: Special pathogens, Viral and Rickettsial zoonoses, NCID National Center for Infectious Diseases, Global Health, HIV surveillance, Epidemiology Program office

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

State Departments of Agriculture veterinary services

  • Center for Veterinary Medicine
  • Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
  • Drug evaluation and product safety, food safety
  • Veterinary medical officers, disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, disease control and eradication, biosecurity

State Departments of Public Health, Epidemiology

Global agencies that hire veterinary epidemiologists

  • Case surveillance, outbreak investigation, preventive medicine
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Clinical trials, basic research
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • World Health Organization
  • US AID
  • United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
  • Office International des Epizooties
  • Peace Corps


Faculty

Who should apply?

Faculty

Students will be assigned a joint faculty academic advising team from both the UNC CH Department of Epidemiology and the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Students will complete coursework, practicum and masters paper requirements under the guidance of these joint advisers.

UNC CH Department of Epidemiology

UNC VET-MPH Faculty Profiles

NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine

NCSU VET-MPH Faculty Profiles

Who should apply?

Please note: persons applying to the program must already have their DVM, VMD, or equivalent, or be enrolled in the senior year of their veterinary professional program with an anticipated date of graduation prior to the initiation of enrollment in the MPH program.

  • DVMs who have just received their degree or have practiced in the field and want to pursue public health service oriented careers with local, state, federal and international public health and animal health agencies
  • DVMs who want an interdisciplinary MPH experience. Students in the MPH – Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration will also have the opportunity to interact with students from other departments and degree programs in many of the courses they will take allowing for a unique interdisciplinary experience.

How to apply link (enroll at UNC)

How to apply

Awards and funding

How to apply

IMPORTANT: If you are applying for this program please indicate your interest by placing the following text in your Statement of Interest in the application form. I am interested in the Master of Public Health program with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration.

How to apply link (enroll at UNC)

Awards and funding

Student funding link.

Living in the Research Triangle

GPS

Living in the Research Triangle


Research Triangle Park The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is a high-tech research park. It is located near Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, NC.
Chapel Hill, NC Home to the University of North Carolina
Durham, NC Home to Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
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GPS

Check out the beta version of our Gillings Program Search (GPS) for prospective students. The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply. See our tuition and fees page for related information.

If you have questions or would like more information about the this program, please contact:

Jay Levine, DVM, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 919 513-6397
Email: Jay_Levine@ncsu.edu

Andrew Olshan, PhD
Department of Epidemiology, Chair
Phone: 919 966-7424
Email: andy_olshan@unc.edu

Questions about the application process should be directed to:
epidemiology@unc.edu.