New postgraduate course to support animal and human health

New postgraduate course to support animal and human health

Last updated 16 July 2015

A new postgraduate programme being developed by the RVC and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is designed to support animal and human health around the world.

The unique One Health (infectious diseases) MSc and diploma builds on previous collaborations between the RVC and LSHTM. The programme can be taken full or part-time.

The course draws on medical and veterinary expertise of each institution to produce graduates who can study, monitor and respond to diseases in the developing world that impact on animals and the human population.

Changing environmental, ecological, social and agricultural conditions influence the emergence and impact of diseases of animals and humans and which have a devastating effect on food production and communities. Examples of these diseases include the highly pathogenic influenza virus H5N1 (bird flu), pandemic human influenza H1N1 (swine flu), Ebola and Nipah Virus and SARS coronavirus.

In recent years the 'one health, one medicine' paradigm, which recognises the relationship between health and disease in human and animal populations, has become an important focus in both medical and veterinary science. Many diseases can pass between animals and humans, while food production, human diet and community stability are harmed by diseases that infect livestock. The one health approach therefore helps resolve highly complex health, social and economic challenges.

The MSc and diploma programme will be delivered at the RVC's Camden campus and the LSHTM site in Bloomsbury. Course modules include: Integrating One Health, Fundamentals of Infectious Disease, Disease Emergence, Statistics Monitoring and Surveillance, Disease Control in Developing Countries, One Health Economics, Ecological Epidemiology and Social Drivers of Disease. In addition to the taught modules, the MSc students complete a four-month research project.

Applications are welcome from individuals with good degrees in the fields of public health, veterinary science, medicine, biological sciences, social and environmental sciences,  wildlife health, statistics or economics.

The full-time MSc is completed over one year and the full-time diploma takes seven months. Part-time study takes between two and three years. The first cohort is expected to start in September.

Career impact

A postgraduate degree from the RVC and LSHTM is highly-regarded and recognised internationally. Many graduates from the two institutions are well-established in Governmental agencies and other organisations supporting animal and human health in the developing world.