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Veterinary Public Health

Veterinary Public Health (VPH) is a subject area that includes all aspects of public health that can be protected or improved by application of veterinary science. It links the animal and human health with the environment and plays a pivotal role in the development of an integrated 'farm to fork' approach to food safety. This course is designed to provide postgraduate and professionally relevant advanced training in VPH. The programme focuses on the core domains of VPH in relation to the regulatory responsibilities of the official veterinarians for the protection of animal health and welfare and human health. You will develop knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and scientific aspects of VPH, as well as to acquire skills to disseminate and implement this knowledge in practice.

This course enables official veterinarians to meet the demands for straightforward and clear answers regarding the potential risks (both microbial and non-microbial) associated with the consumption of, or exposure to, products of animal origin, issues of animal welfare and protection of the environment. This programme fulfils the additional requirement for the training of official veterinarians as set out in European Regulation 625/2017.

Teaching is through online lectures and discussions, individual support, video and internet links with staff, independent learning, and group work with European and global experts in veterinary science, law, economics, and policy contributing to the course.

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

This award is granted jointly between Ulster University and University College Dublin.


Online, part-time.

Further enquiries

Wendy Kearney
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3099

Prof Kristina Pentieva
T: +44 (0)28 7012 4675

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 26 March 2020
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