Graduate Programs

The Department of Health Management and CVER offer graduate programs for MSc, PhD and MVSc degrees within the Atlantic Veterinary College. Program regulations can be found in the University Calendar, as well as in the AVC Graduate Student Handbook. While there is considerable flexibility within AVC to put together a specific program, most programs within CVER follow a common pattern.

An MSc program is completed within 2-2½ years, of which the first year is devoted mostly to coursework. A PhD program is completed within 3-4 years for students that enter into the program with an MSc degree. It is also possible to start in an MSc program and request a transfer to a PhD program after successful completion of 1-1½ years in the MSc program; the total program time then extends by one year.

The standard CVER courses are Veterinary Biostatistics (VHM 801), Epidemiology I (VHM 811) and II (VHM 812), as well as a required seminar course and the required course Principles of Biomedical Research (VBS 803). Add to this one extra required course in a PhD program, as well as added optional courses, either within the focus area of the project or in advanced biostatistics or epidemiology.

Funding for support of graduate programs comes from individual research projects or external scholarships. AVC offers a few scholarships in a competition run every winter/spring, contact the Graduate Studies and Research Office for details. Students interested in pursuing graduate studies within the group should contact a faculty member in their area of interest for possible sources of funding.

Key graduate courses within CVER

All graduate courses at UPEI are listed in the Calendar with short course descriptions (some of the links below are to the Calendar).

  • VHM 801 – Veterinary Biostatistics  (Course Website)
  • VHM 802 – Advanced Veterinary Biostatistics  (Course Website)
  • VHM 811 – Epidemiology I
  • VHM 812 – Epidemiology II
  • VHM 822 – Population Medicine in Aquaculture
  • VHM 823 – Health and Production Management in Shellfish and Crustacean Aquaculture
  • VHM 831 – Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • VHM 832 – Selected Topics in Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • VHM 833 – Introduction to Quantitative Risk Analysis Applied to Animal and Veterinary Public Health
  • VHM 871 – Dairy Herd Health and Production Management

For inquiries about the graduate program within CVER, contact a faculty member within your area of interest or responsible for the course(s) of your interest, a current graduate student, or the CVER director.