Veterinary Public Health - Online

Ulster University - Coleraine

Veterinary Public Health - Online

This programme will give you a broad knowledge of veterinary public health (VPH) issues. You will learn to assess available evidence and data, make sound judgements, and communicate findings effectively to stakeholders in the food chain including producers, regulators, industry, and consumers.

Relevant UK, EU, and international food regulatory policy will be covered and translated into a regulatory framework so that you can grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain, from primary production through to consumer health issues. Core areas of VPH are addressed in relation to the regulatory responsibilities of veterinarians and the protection of animal health and welfare, and human health. You will develop knowledge of legislative, policy, and scientific aspects of VPH, as well as acquire skills to implement knowledge in practice. Teaching is through online lectures, discussions, individual support, and small group work.

On successful completion of the PGCert you can progress to the PGDip or Masters in Veterinary Public Health (Food Regulatory Affairs specialisation).

For further course details please see "Course Web Page" below.

Subjects taught

Year one
Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory
Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory, will translate the requirements laid down in relevant regulations underpinning food regulatory policy into a coherent framework. This will equip students with the knowledge base and skills necessary to progress to the more specific elements of Veterinary Public Health which will be studied in the second semester.

Veterinary Public Health 2 - Applied
This module builds on the knowledge base and skills from the previous module (Veterinary Public Health 1 - Regulatory) and aims to integrate the disparate elements of the documented requirements for training of official veterinarians so that students will grasp the complex idea of total regulation of the food chain from primary production, animal welfare, food processing, monitoring and surveillance, environmental and waste issues to protection of consumer health.

Entry requirements

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

These vary depending on the course and are detailed online.

Applicants should have an Honours or non-Honours degree in Veterinary Medicine from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland or from an institution of another country, which has been recognised as being of equivalent standard. In addition the potential students are expected to have a minimum of one year post qualification experience. The work experience, knowledge and skills required for admission to the course must be sufficient to ensure that the student is able to follow the programme of study.

If English is not your first language this course requires a minimum English level of IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent.

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This course is open to international (non-EU) students.

For full entry requirements please see "Course Web Page" below.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

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Career options
The academic content of this programme helps students to develop knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and scientific aspects of VPH as well as to acquire skills to disseminate and implement knowledge in practice. Graduates of the PgCert VPH could be eligible to obtain employment as Official Veterinarians employed by the competent authorities in any of the UK and EU Member States (or applicant country), employment by government (UK and international) and non-government organisations. On successful completion of PgCert VPH students can also proceed to register for the PgDip and MSc Veterinary Public Health (Food Regulatory Affairs specialisation).

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

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