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MSc One Health Degree

Program Description

RUSVM 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.

Entry Requirements and Admissions

Admission is open to students with a professional veterinary or medical qualification or a bachelor’s degree or international equivalent in the biological sciences.

The minimum entry requirement for this degree program is a professional veterinary or medical qualification, or a bachelor’s degree or international equivalent in biological, biomedical, environmental or ecological sciences. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their educational performance to date.

Due to the intensive nature of this degree program, a high-level of English proficiency is required and applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to provide evidence of proficiency through test scores and/or education/professional experience in the medium of English.

Prospective candidates for this postgraduate degree program are invited to direct initial inquiries to postgrad@rossvet.edu.kn.

Applications are by invitation and, if shortlisted on the basis of their application and supporting documentation, applicants will be asked to attend an interview by Skype™ or video-conference.

The degree program starts annually in January and we welcome applications throughout the year.

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.

For detailed information about the curriculum for the 1-year, 2-year and 3-year options, please download the relevant pdf document.

See Tuition and Fees page for complete tuition information.

MSc One Health - 1-year
MSc One Health - 2-year
MSc One Health - 3-year


The program of study is characterized by a well-designed set of core courses and a flexible choice of elective courses to meet the demands of the field and the goals of the students. The taught component will be instructed by distance learning via eCollege®, our Virtual Learning Environment. You will be taught by our faculty and specialist modules may be delivered by our partner institutions.

The MSc One Health requires 41 credits, obtained through coursework and a project, leading to the submission of a thesis. Students are required to undertake specified core courses amounting to 23 credits.

The research project may be carried out in St. Kitts and Nevis or in other locations, as appropriate, under the supervision of a RUSVM faculty member. The research component may be desk-based, lab-based or through fieldwork and will result in the submission of a thesis. A short residential component will allow the student cohort to share their perspective and dissertation work to the RUSVM research community.

RUSVM has a written agreement with DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management (Keller) to teach the leadership and public policy-related courses that are required in RUSVM's MSc One Health degree program. The proportion of the degree program that is taught by Keller is noted below. There are no additional costs incurred by RUSVM students as a result of enrolling in a degree program at RUSVM that is taught, in part, by Keller.

Degree Program
Percentage of credits provided by Keller Percentage of credits provided by RUSVM
MSc One Health 15% (6 credits) 85% (35 credits)

Assessment will be conducted through traditional and novel methods suited to an online delivery mode and will include, for example, essays, critical review of peer-reviewed articles, online tests and quizzes, blog writing, research proposal writing, research/fieldwork journal development, group discussions, group project work and social media interactions.

Assessment of the dissertation stage will be conducted on a portfolio of projects or dissertation submitted. It should comprise either a satisfactory record of research undertaken by the candidate, or a satisfactory critical survey of knowledge in the field of study, or both, combined with a satisfactory plan for a more advanced research project; and show competence in the appropriate method of research and an adequate knowledge of the field of study. The work must be satisfactory in its literary presentation and include adequate references.

The degree is based on certified completion of research training plus other designated projects and the completion of a thesis. The assessed work, including the dissertation, should be equivalent to but not exceeding 30,000 words. The thesis must be submitted within a maximum of 3 months after the completion of the prescribed program of study unless an extension is granted by the Postgraduate Studies Committee.

How to apply

Prospective candidates for this postgraduate degree program are invited to direct initial inquiries to postgrad@rossvet.edu.kn. Applications are by invitation and, if shortlisted on the basis of their application and supporting documentation, applicants will be asked to attend an interview by Skype™ or video-conference.

What happens next?
Appointed candidates will then be issued a letter of offer which sets out the conditions of their degree and a mutually agreeable start date will be arranged. Offers must be accepted to finalize enrollment.

RUSVM will assist students pre-arrival with onboarding such as visa requirements and accommodations. Students should not make visa or travel arrangements until they have been contacted by a RUSVM representative.

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

Important Dates

Events & Deadlines
September 23 Ross Vet Expo in New York
September 27 Meet Ross Vet in Minneapolis
September 28 Meet Ross Vet at Cornell University