Global Health Education

Courses and international experiences for veterinary students.

Photo credit: Dr. Andy Stringer 


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Preparing veterinary students for their future roles in addressing some of today’s greatest global challenges.


Certificate in Global Health
A certificate for veterinary students that examines the complexities of improving health on a global scale.
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DVM Curriculum (VMP 945)
Epidemiology and Public Health (VMP 945) – an introduction to global health issues and challenges.
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Global Health Selectives
Optional courses providing a a basic foundation in global health, and opportunities to explore specific topics in greater depth.
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DVM/MPH Degree Program
Combining the DVM curriculum with a 12-month MPH/Global Health program at UNC Gillings School of Public Health.


Today, a growing human population, urbanization, increasing demand for livestock products and climate change are placing greater pressures on human and animal health and the environment.



DVM students in Uganda



Why Study Global Health?

Globally, significant inequalities exist across populations in animal and human health. Veterinarians play a critical role in improving health on a global scale, particularly in addressing the grand global challenges of the 21st century, such as infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food security and global health.

Tackling these global health challenges effectively will require multidisciplinary approaches with consideration given to the broader systems that encompass health.

Veterinary student education must reflect these global challenges, and equip the next generation of veterinarians with the knowledge and skills required to tackle these problems and contribute to the changing needs of society. There has been a growing recognition of the need for improved veterinary education related to issues of global importance.



The Pawcast: Navigating the Veterinary Profession

Want to know more about global health and career opportunities for veterinarians? Join Dr. Andy Stringer as he talks to Amy Snyder and Amanda Bates on the Pawcast, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s podcast. 



DVM Curriculum: Global Health

Epidemiology and Public Health (VMP 945)

This section of VMP 945 provides an introduction to global health issues and challenges. The focus of this section will be on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, global health actors and delivery, and global agriculture and food security. This section will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health challenges through inter-multidisciplinary collaboration.


Global Health Trends
  • Global health trends that will impact on the veterinary profession
Global Burden of Disease
  • Overview of communicable and non-communicable diseases
Global Health Actors and Delivery
  • Role and responsibilities of key global health organizations
  • The importance of inter-multidisciplinary collaborations



Determinants of Disease
  • Social, economic, environmental and political determinants of diseases and relationships with human and animal health.
Global Agriculture and Food Security
  • Livestock and livelihoods
  • Trends and impacts in livestock production/food animal products and trade


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Dr. Andy Stringer

Andy Stringer

Lead, Global Health Education



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