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Curriculum

Delivery

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 42 credits, obtained through coursework and a project, leading to the submission of a thesis. Students are required to undertake specified core courses amounting to 24 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 14% (6 credits) 86% (36 credits)


See our Academic Catalog for courses and course information.

For questions about admissions requirements contact our Office of Admissions at vetadmissions@rossu.edu or call: 855-ROSSVET (855-767-7838) for any questions. Our admissions advisors will be happy to help you.

Required Courses

  • Core Courses

    Course Title Credits
    Applied epidemiology and biostatistics 5 cr.
    Public policy formulation & implementation* 3 cr.
    Leadership and organizational behavior* 3 cr.
    Research project design 1 cr.
    >Conservation medicine/ecosystem health 5 cr.
    Zoonoses (intersection between human and animal health) 3 cr.
    Surveillance and diagnostic methods  3 cr.

     

    *Delivered by Keller Graduate School of Management

  • Electives

    Course Title Credits
    Animal health program management 2 cr.
    Safety of foods of animal origin 2 cr.
    Disaster management 2 cr.

     

    (choose 1 out of 3; dependent on availability)

  • Research Project and Residential

    Course Title Credits
    1-week residential in St. Kitts 1 cr.
    Research project and mini dissertation 1 cr.

     

    (choose 1 out of 3; dependent on availability)

Assessment

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.

Important Dates

Events & Deadlines
February 17 Ross Vet Expo in Costa Mesa
February 24 Ross Vet Expo in Dallas
March 03 Ross Vet Expo in Vancouver