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Jay Levine, DVM, MPH
North Carolina State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 919.513.6397

Andrew Olshan, PhD
University of North Carolina
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Phone: 919.966.7424
Email: andy_olshan@unc.ed

Course Catalogs


Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration


Required Courses


VPH 650 Population Medicine Forum (1 credit)

Population medicine forum is a seminar-based class during which current topics in population health are presented and discussed. Topics covered include: Outbreak investigation, observational epidemiologic research, risk analysis, spatial analysis, the application of unique diagnostic technologies and epidemiologic modeling.

VPH 713 Zoonoses and Public Health (3 credit)

Enrollment to graduate veterinarians, MVPH, MPH, or other graduate students. Veterinary students will be considered for enrollment after consultation with the course coordinator.

ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences I (3 credits)

Basic concepts of statistical models and use of samples; variation, statistical measures, distributions, tests of significance, analysis of variance and elementary experimental design, regression and correlation, chi-square. Prerequisite: ST 311 or Graduate Standing

ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences II (3 credits)

Covariance, multiple regression, curvilinear regression, concepts of experimental design, factorial experiments, confounded factorials, individual degrees of freedom and split-plot experiments. Computing laboratory addressing computational issues and use of statistical software. Prerequisite: ST 511

TOX 715 Environmental Toxicology (3 credits)

Evaluation of fundamental processes relating fate and effects of chemicals in the environment. Emphasis on effects of pollutants on non-human species, environmental risk assessment and historically relevant incidents of environmental contaminants. Prerequisite: Two years of Biology

A Partial List of Elective Courses offered at NCSU

visit the NCSU course catalog on the web for more information on other available courses.

VPH 554 Trade and Agricultural Health (2 credit)

This course is designed for agriculture and food safety specialists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists interested in learning about international trade and agricultural health. WTO/SPS affect all aspects of agricultural health including production,food security, public health, tourism and the environment. This introductory course will review SPS articles, GATT provisions, the associations between WTO and public health, the work of the OIE, CAC, and IPPC; the impact of TRIPS and anti-dumping measures.

VPH 555 Public Health, Sustainable Development and Gender in Global Context (3 credit)

This course will examine the complex intersections of human health, public policy, agriculture in developing world, and gender issues, drawing on theory and research from international and interdisciplinary perspectives.

VPH 649 Issues in Preventative Medicine and Public Health(1 credit)

Issues in Preventive Medicine and Public Health is a literature review course designed to assist students with their preparation for careers in public health, ecosystem health, biosecurity and public policy, disaster management, and application for Board Certification in the American College of Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Permission by course instructor required for enrollment.

VPH 675 Supervised Public Health Research (1-7 credits)

Supervised research focused on Public Health. Permission by course instructor required for enrollment.

VPH 693 Supervised Public Health Research (1-5 credits)

Supervised research focused on Public Health.

VPH 720 Epidemiology of Wildlife Diseases (3 credits)

Concepts related to infectious disease outbreaks in free-ranging species of wildlife. Numerous examples of wildlife diseases will be used to illustrate factors affecting host-agent-environment interactions in fish, amphibians, birds, and both aquatic and terrestrial mammals. Enrollment in the Fisheries and Wildlife graduate program or Masters of Veterinary Public Health program; clinical residents or veterinary students at the College of Veterinary Medicine

VPH 760 Molecular Technologies for Epidemiologic Investigation (3 credit)

The course is designed to help students refine their ability to select and interpret molecular diagnostic technologies for epidemiologic disease surveillance and investigation.