What are the Diploma and MSc in One Health (Infectious Diseases)?

Changing environmental, social and agricultural conditions are a threat to animal and human health and welfare.

Many diseases can pass between animals and humans, while food production, human diet and community stability are harmed by diseases that infect livestock and wildlife. Emerging animal and human diseases, such as highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, emphasise the threat posed by these issues.

The One Health approach recognises the relationship between health and disease at the human, animal and environment interfaces and has become an important focus in both medical and veterinary science. It promotes a “whole of society” treatment of health hazards and a systemic change of perspective in the management of risk.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

If you are interested in One Health and infectious disease control (particularly in the developing world), then this unique Diploma or MSc course could be for you. We welcome applications from individuals with a background in public health, veterinary sciences, animal or biological sciences, social and environmental sciences, ecology and wildlife health. If you are interested in this field, but do not have the relevant background, please speak with the course directors who can consider such cases on an individual basis.

The course is delivered jointly by the RVC, University of London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 

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What will I learn?

The course will provide you with:

  • A comprehensive foundation on the principles of diseases in the context of socio-ecological systems, global health and food safety
  • Knowledge and skills in relation to One Health methodologies, trans-disciplinary interactions and in using a systems approach. 

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the One Health concept and approach problem solving using a trans-disciplinary methodology
  • Understand the origin, context and drivers of infectious disease at the human, animal and environment interface
  • Evaluate impacts of multi-host infections on human, animal and ecosystem health and economics directly, or indirectly, via food, disease vectors or the environment.
  • Develop a One Health systems approach to complex disease issues in monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, prevention and control
  • Critically review published literature
  • Design a research project (MSc students only).

Please see the course syllabus for more information.

Programme delivery

The MSc may be completed full time in one year or part time over two to three years, and consists of eight taught modules and a research project.

The Diploma is shorter (eight modules with no research project component) and may be completed in two terms. 

The course starts in September or October each year and you will split your time between the RVC and LSHTM. Students studying the MSc will then undertake a four-month research project in an area and country of their choice.

Please see an example of a recent student project by Olga Munoz Pogoreltseva (MSc One Health 2013-14 graduate):

Possible cross-transmission of parasites in Ecuador between humans and animals

Academic qualifications

To apply for the MSc or Diploma in One Health (Infectious Diseases) you must have (or expect to receive) a first or second class university honours degree.

Please contact our Admissions Office if you are unsure whether your degree is equivalent to a first or second class university honours degree. We invite applications from candidates with degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, biological sciences, animal sciences, social sciences, statistics and economics.

If you are interested in this field, but do not have the relevant background, please speak with the course directors who can consider such cases on an individual basis.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension. You will be required to achieve an overall score of 7.0 in IELTS (Academic) with a minimum of 6.5 in each sub-test.

See English Language Proficiency in our Guidelines on Applying.

What will I be able to do with my qualification?

A postgraduate degree from the RVC and LSHTM is highly regarded and recognised internationally. This course is one of very few face-to-face One Health courses designed to develop the skills and knowledge needed for resolving complex health challenges.

Ministers of State and international agencies have endorsed the One Health approach and governments are establishing joint committees between public health and veterinary authorities, with close links to wildlife and environmental agencies, with a view to developing inter-sectoral programmes. Our Diploma and Masters provide training to fulfil this growing demand.

Our graduates have a track record of successful careers in Government, research and other organisations where they are involved in the implementation and management of health programmes. However, as this unique MSc/Diploma is a new programme, we are currently unable to provide specific details of what our graduates in One Health have gone on to do.

Key academic staff – RVC

Professor Richard Kock: Course Co-Director and Module Leader (Joint with Dr Jo Lines)
Chair in Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases, Department of Pathology and Pathogen Biology

Dr Mandy Nevel: Course Co-Director and Module Leader (Joint with Professor Michael Miles)
Senior Lecturer, Department of Pathology and Pathogen Biology

Dr Jackie Cardwell: Module Leader
Lecturer in Epidemiology, Department of Production and Population Health

Professor Jonathan Rushton: Module Leader
Professor of Animal Health Economics, Department of Production and Population Health

Dr Julian Drewe
Lecturer, Department of Production and Population Health

Dr Damer Blake: Module Leader
Senior lecturer, Department of Pathology and Pathogen Biology

Mrs Maria Johnson
RVC Programme Course Coordinator

Key academic staff – LSHTM

Dr Jo Lines: Course Co-Director and Module Leader (Joint with Professor Richard Kock)
Reader in Malaria Control & Vector Biology

Professor Michael Miles: Module Leader (joint with Mandy Nevel)
Professor of Medical Protozoology

Professor Mark Rowland: Module Leader
Professor of Medical Entomology and Malaria Control, and Head of Department

Professor Paul Fine: Module Leader
Professor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology

Dr Clare Chandler: Module Leader
Lecturer in Health Systems Economics

Dr Johanna Hanefeld: Module Leader
Lecturer in Health Systems Economics

Fees

The tuition fees for students commencing the course in 2015/16 are as follows:

  UK/EU Overseas
One Health — MSc £10,030  £17,420
One Health — Postgraduate Diploma £tbc £tbc

If you would like to know the fees for part time study, please send an enquiry to admissions@rvc.ac.uk.

Funding Options

Bursary for Postgraduate Taught Courses

RVC bursary for outstanding home/EU and international students undertaking a Masters in 2014/15.   

Canadian Student Loans

The Royal Veterinary College is not involved in processing your application for a loan, however we can confirm your student status; please direct your queries to the Financialaidoffice@rvc.ac.uk

For an overview of the financial aid process for Canadian students, please visit the Campus Access website

Students should apply through their provincial student assistance office or website. When you apply for a loan, you are considered for funding by both the Provincial and Federal Government, meaning you only have to apply once for funding for the year. Federal loans are processed via the National Student Loans Service Centre and provincial loans through the provincial governments and student aid branches.

Commonwealth DFID Scholarship Scheme

Other Sources of Financial Information for Postgraduate Taught Courses

Sources of financial information for International Students that supports study in the UK 

Professional and Career Development Loans

A Professional and Career Development Loan could help you pay for learning that enhances your job skills or career prospects. It’s a bank loan, so you’ll have to pay it back once you’ve left your course. However, you don’t pay interest for the period when you’re in learning.

USA Student Loans

The RVC participates in the Direct Loan Program in which federal financial assistance is made available from the US Department of Education to US students studying at the RVC. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the process of applying for financial assistance.

The RVC College will originate Direct Stafford loans and Direct Graduate and Parent PLUS loans and full-time students from the USA who are attending at the RVC are normally eligible for funding. The RVC also participates in the VA Educational Benefits programme.

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