London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Course Introduction

There is a shortage of trained veterinary epidemiologists and there are excellent career opportunities for graduates. This course provides training in essential methodological skills for the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and communication of epidemiological studies; and surveillance and disease control in animal and human populations.

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.