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MSc in One Health

Program Description

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is committed to a One Health, transdisciplinary approach to understanding and sustainably reducing the burden of zoonoses. Zoonoses and other diseases affecting livestock production and health can have serious impacts on the economic growth, health and food security and alleviation of poverty in tropical and resource constrained countries.

The course-based Master of Science by Coursework in One Health (MSc One Health) degree program is designed to equip veterinarians, animal scientists, medical and biological scientists with an in-depth understanding of the principles of, and issues associated with, One Health.

Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex interplay of altered environments and infectious diseases as an increasing threat to agriculture, public health and endangered/threatened species, on a global basis.

Learning Outcomes

The MSc One Health is designed to provide the skills and preparation needed for careers in a broad range of environments. The flexible program of study has particular strengths in:

  • Tropical animal health and diseases
  • The intersection of animal health and human health
  • Epidemiology
  • Conservation medicine
  • Food safety
  • Animal health program management
  • Animal disease investigation
  • Research and diagnostic methods
  • The interface between domestic animals and wildlife
  • Delivery of veterinary services

Upon successful completion of the degree program, the student will have gained knowledge, research skills and research experience in topics relevant to the broad field of One Health. The program provides graduates the background and experience to assess, investigate and manage animal health and zoonotic disease risks, to design and execute targeted research in animal health, and to manage veterinary intervention in the control and prevention of animal disease. Within the program the student will have had the opportunity to focus on an area of interest, such as area disease control, vector borne diseases, zoonotic infections or conservation medicine.

Our program is designed to provide students with intellectual skills in scientific assessment and research methodology, as well as practical skills in communication, organization and scientific writing.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online course delivery with a 1-week residency
  • Flexible learning options: Study 1-year full time or 2-3 years part time
  • Interdisciplinary coursework and diverse student backgrounds
  • Opportunity to focus on an area of interest, such as food safety, animal health management or disaster management
  • Access to Ross Vet’s four research centers and global partners, including our unique location in the
  • Caribbean featuring exotic marine and wildlife

How it works

  • Coursework is 100% online with no mandatory login times for lectures
  • The one week residency is completed in St. Kitts
  • Complete the program in 1, 2 or 3 years
  • Capstone project provides opportunity to put One Health concepts into practice


Professionals who want to better understand the impact and connectivity between the environment, agriculture, human health and animal health. The program is well suited for those working in public health, veterinary medicine, human medicine, environmental health, biomedical sciences and research, and educators who want to further bring One Health to life in their classrooms.


Ross Vet’s MSc in One Health degree program helps equip you with the knowledge, research skills and research experience in topics relevant to the broad field of One Health. You have the ability to tailor the research for your capstone project to any area related to One Health. The program provides and in-depth view into these areas:

The intersection of animal health, human health and environmental health

  • Epidemiology
  • Conservation medicine
  • Food safety
  • Research and diagnostic methods
  • The interface between domestic animals, wildlife and people
  • The human impact of tropical animal health and diseases
  • Animal health program management
  • Disease investigation and outbreak management

Courses and workshops on public policy, communications, leadership and team roles are also provided to give you the tools to incorporate One Health concepts within your current or future area of employment.

RUSVM has outstanding research opportunities with world-renowned faculty members. Their global knowledge and expertise motivates them to embrace the One Health concepts I am passionate about. I consider myself very lucky to be able to discuss my research interests with so many accomplished scientists.

– Katalina Z. Brenes BSc, DDS MSc One Health

Events & Deadlines

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