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Graduate Programs

Diverse and flexible graduate training opportunities in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Graduate Degree:
Master of Public Health Program

Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration

 919.513.6397   |       Master of Public Health Program

The Master of Public Health with a concentration in veterinary epidemiology 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 program supports the unique role that veterinarians can play as members of the broader public health community.

Enrolled students take classes at both NC State Veterinary Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Students are veterinarians, some are recent graduates, while others have many years of prior veterinary practice experience.

The master of public health 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 – Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration Area 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.

Program of Study

The program begins in the fall semester. Students complete a minimum of 56 credit hours in this 2-year residential program, including: the core curriculum for an MPH from the UNC Department of Epidemiology; and a minimum of 6 hours of additional elective specialization courses.

Our goal is for each graduating student to have a sound grasp of the epidemiologic approach to problem solving, outbreak investigation, study design, data storage, data analysis, and data communication. The core curriculum is designed to provide each graduate with a working knowledge of the issues and policies that impact public health. In addition, each graduate will be required to have a thorough understanding of the philosophy of One Health, which bridges the medical professions, zoonoses, and their rapid detection, and alternative approaches that can be used to minimize their effect on human health. Elective courses complement the core curriculum by providing students with the opportunity to focus time on studying issues that challenge the safety of our food supply, spatial information systems, international trade in animal products and community response and disaster management.

To complete the degree requirements, students complete courses in the following curricular areas:

  • Foundational courses in epidemiology and biostatistics [24 credit hours]
  • Courses required for a veterinary epidemiology concentration [10 credit hours]
  • Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (health policy and man- agement, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental sciences) [9 credit hours]
  • Master’s Practicum [4 credit hours]
  • Master’s Paper [3 credit hours]
  • Elective courses from several areas (food safety, geographic information systems, community preparedness and disaster management, global health, field epidemiology, livestock health management and trade policy) [6 credit hours]

Faculty Mentors

Each enrolled student is assigned two mentors, one from the UNC School of Public Health, the other from the NCSU CVM.  Mentors are selected by the program director in consultation with each student based on mentor expertise and the career interest of the student. The faculty mentor reviews student elective course selections, and helps students select, design and implement the project required for successful completion of the program. In addition, the faculty mentor serves as the primary resource individual to monitor each students academic progress toward completion of the program.

Program Faculty 

NC State Veterinary Medicine

Jay Levine, DVM, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health


UNC Gillings School of Public Health


Andrew Olshan, PhD

Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor In Cancer Epidemiology And Chair

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