London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

Also available as a Postgraduate Diploma

In a world where global transport links allow rapid movement of people and animals, disease can spread more quickly than before and is harder to control than ever. In such a world there is a growing need for trained veterinary epidemiologists at the front line of disease surveillance and control.

This unique programme is delivered jointly by the School and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and is supported by policy makers from the forefront of the UK government. You will learn essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

Your areas of study will combine the School’s strengths in epidemiological principles and communicable disease epidemiology, with the RVC’s expertise in veterinary epidemiology, animal health and production.

Course Modules

Term 1 compulsory modules: Extended epidemiology; epidemiological aspects of laboratory investigation; surveillance of animal health and production; statistics for epidemiology and population health; data management for epidemiological studies; communication skills in epidemiology. Recommended module: Public health lecture series. Optional modules: Epidemiology in context; molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases; introduction to computing. Terms 2 and 3: Animal health economics; statistical methods in epidemiology; modelling and the dynamics of infectious diseases; epidemiology and control of communicable diseases; applied veterinary epidemiology.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
Short Course
Full Time
1 year
Full Time
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should have a 1st or 2nd class university honours degree or equivalent. Individuals with degrees in biological sciences, veterinary or human medicine, mathematics or statistics, and relevant postgraduate experience, are all encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have a high level of numeracy skills (e.g. A Level Mathematics or Statistics or a module with a good mark in their university degree). Applicants from overseas will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in spoken and written English, including scientific usage and comprehension.