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Thesis Master's Degree

Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Veterinary Preventive Medicine is an interdisciplinary specialty with a focus on the study of health and disease in populations. The diverse disciplines in the program are unified by a common approach based on the application of statistical methods to problem solving in populations.

Graduate study in Veterinary Preventive Medicine will provide valuable skills and experience to persons interested in pursuing a career in the areas of public health, food safety, emerging infectious diseases, zoo or wildlife health management, and livestock health and well being . Through research and coursework, students will learn to apply a variety of disciplines, principles, and techniques to complex population health problems involving environmental, ecological, nutritional, genetic, infectious and/or noninfectious components. A degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine will be of particular value to individuals considering a future in the biological or pharmaceutical industries, public veterinary practice, military veterinary service, international service agencies, regulatory agencies, or any position with a responsibility for health in populations.

Master of Science Degree Requirements

Thesis Master's of Science Degree. Preventive Veterinary Medicine (major)

Required coursework: (Please go to course offerings page for a description of courses)

VDPAM 527 Cr. 3.
Applied Statistical Methods in Population Studies

VDPAM 528 Cr. 3.
Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health

VDPAM 529 Cr. 3.
Epidemiological Methods in Population Research

STAT 401 Cr. 4.
Statistical Methods for Research Workers

Students must enroll and complete sufficient research credits and elective courses to total 30 credits. Research may be conducted in any of a variety of the areas involving population health. Elective courses should be selected with the objective of expanding the student's knowledge and expertise within their area of specialty in consultation with the major professor and with the approval of the POS (Program of Study) committee. Students are encouraged to consider earning a minor within their area of interest (see the Graduate College Handbook for details).





Concurrent DVM & MS

Non-thesis Master's

Graduate Certificate



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