Postdoctoral associate Italo Zecca, MPH, Ph.D. samples a dog for research on the pandemic virus.

Graduate Program

The graduate program in Epidemiology & Public Health (VPHE) offers an MS (thesis option) and a departmental Ph.D. (with an emphasis in epidemiology), which prepares students for leadership roles in epidemiological study design, evaluation, and professional research, in both animal and human populations. Completion of a dissertation is required for the Ph.D. degree through this program. In addition, a thesis or non-thesis MS degree in Veterinary Public Health is offered with the approval of a program faculty advisor.

MS VPHE / DVM Combination Program

This combination program leads to the concurrent completion of the existing MS in Epidemiology & Public Health and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees in four years. Graduates of the program are uniquely prepared to integrate knowledge from both the Epidemiology & Public Health and Veterinary disciplines and advance to careers in local, state, federal, and international public health agencies and academia.

Enrollment & Opportunities

The program enrolls approximately 10–20 graduate students each year. Admission to the program in Epidemiology & Public Health requires approval by the program, the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS), and the Texas A&M Office of Graduate Studies (OGAPS).


The program offers numerous opportunities for student collaboration with faculty. Our program also has ongoing collaborative relationships with the Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA Southern Plains Research Facility, and multiple departments throughout the Texas A&M University System.