Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Programs

Epidemiology and Public Health Faculty and Research Interests

Alan Beck, ScD, Director of Center of the Human-Animal Bond, Dorothy N. McAllister Professor of Animal Ecology

  • Research interests: Animal bite epidemiology, the impact of human-animal interaction, the ecology of domestic animals, and the biological basis for human-animal interactions.

Audrey Ruple, DVM, MS, PhD, DipACVPM, MRCVS, Assistant Professor of One Health Epidemiology

  • Research interests: Comparative oncology, One Health education, companion animal epidemiology, biosecurity and infection control.

Hsin-Yi Weng, BVM, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical/Analytical Epidemiology

  • Research interests: Application of epidemiologic methods to studies promoting animal health and welfare, human-animal interactions, and public health.

Graduate Programs

PhD/MS, Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Epidemiology and Public Health graduate program offers graduate instruction leading to the Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees to persons possessing the DVM degree and to those with a baccalaureate degree and comprehensive training in the biological sciences.  Areas of study include observational studies, clinical trials, public health, biostatistics, and biomedical ethics.  Students may also select courses from other departments at Purdue University, including Animal Sciences, Statistics, Food Science, Foods and Nutrition, Biochemistry, Agricultural Economics, Health-Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Health Sciences, Child Development and Family Studies and others.  The faculty in these departments may also serve on the students’ graduate advisory committee.  

Public Health Graduate Program, College of Health and Human Sciences

The Purdue Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is designed to prepare students for leadership in the public health field.  In addition to mastery of MPH core competencies, students are able to select a focus in one of the following competencies: family and community health, environmental health, or health statistics.

Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH Combined Degree Program, College of Veterinary Medicine

All students enrolled in the DVM program at Purdue University are eligible to apply for the combined DVM/MPH program that is offered in conjunction with the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  These degrees can be obtained simultaneously and conferred at the time of graduation from the DVM program.  Credits for the MPH degree are earned through coursework and experiences at both Universities.  Dr. Ruple is the coordinator for this program and current DVM students should contact her directly for more information.




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