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Master of Public Health Program

Emphasis in Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses

IDZ Emphasis Area Competency

Description of Competency


Pathogens/pathogenic mechanisms

Evaluate modes of disease causation of infectious agents.


Host response to pathogens/immunology

Investigate the host immune response to infection.


Environmental/ecological influences

Examine the influence of environmental and ecological forces on infectious diseases.


Disease surveillance

Analyze disease risk factors and select appropriate surveillance.


Disease vectors

Investigate the role of vectors, toxic plants and other toxins in infectious diseases.

(PDF - Infectious Diseases and Zoonoses Course Requirements)

(Excel - MPH Degree Completion and Course Checklist) 

(PDF - Concurrent MPH and DVM Flyer)

(PDF - MPH for Practicing Veterinarians)

The curriculum prepares professionals to strengthen zoonoses prevention and control programs, investigate emerging infectious diseases, enhance the public’s ability to respond to bioterrorism and biosecurity emergencies, and coordinate rapid response activities among government, agriculture industries, nonprofit organizations, and academia.

Note:  All students admitted Fall 2018 and beyond MUST follow the course list below.

“Core” requirements (15 or 17 credit hours) 
Each student in the MPH Program must complete these required public health core courses:

  • Biostatistics: MPH 701 Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics (3 hrs)
  • Environmental health sciences: MPH 802 Environmental Health (3 hrs)
  • Epidemiology: 2 options:
    • MPH 754 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 hrs) OR
    • MPH 708 Veterinary Epidemiology (2 hrs) and MPH 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs) (TOTAL of 5 credit hours)
  • Health services administration:MPH 720 Administration of Health Care Organizations (3 hrs)
  • Social and behavioral sciences: MPH 818 Social and Behavioral Bases of Public Health (3 hrs)

Specific Emphasis Area Requirements and Credit Hours

Required courses = 12 hours 

Note: Some courses listed may require prerequisites before being allowed to enroll in the course. 

BIOL 530 OR DMP 812 

Pathogenic Microbiology (3 hrs) OR Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology-Lecture and Lab (4 hrs)

BIOL 670 OR DMP 705Immunology (4 hrs)* (Note: requires 2 prerequisites) OR Principles of Veterinary Immunology (3 hrs)
DMP 710Introduction to One Health (2 hrs)
DMP 815 or AAI 801*Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation (3 hrs) OR Interdisciplinary Process (3)* (effective Summer 2019 this will be an elective course)

Elective courses = 9 hours (select remaining credits needed from the list below)

  DMP 855Disease Detection, Surveillance and Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
ASI 540Principles of Animal Disease Control (3 hrs)DMP 860Pathogenic Mechanisms (3 hrs) (alternate yrs)
BIOL 529Fundamentals of Ecology (3 hrs)DMP 871Molecular Diagnostics of Infectious Diseases (3 hrs)
BIOL 545Human Parasitology (3 hrs)DMP 880Problems in Pathogiology (1-6 hrs) (Instructor Permission)
BIOL 546Human Parasitology Laboratory (1 hr)DMP 888Globalization, Cooperation & the Food Trade (1 hr) (online)
BIOL 604Biology of Fungi (3 hrs)DMP 954Advanced Epidemiology (4 hrs)
BIOL 671Immunology Laboratory (2 hrs)ENTOM 849Biology of Disease Vectors (3 hrs)
BIOL 675Genetics of Microorganisms (3 hrs)FDSCI 690Principles of HACCP (2 hrs)
BIOL 687Microbial Ecology (3 hrs)FDSCI 730Overview of Food Safety and Security (2 hrs)
BIOL 730General Virology (3 hrs)FDSCI 731Food Protection and Defense - Essential Concepts (2 hrs) (online)
DMP 718Veterinary Parasitology (4 hrs) (DVM only)GEOG 508Graphic Information Systems 1 (4 hrs)
DMP 753Veterinary Public Health (2 hrs) (DVM only)GEOG 608Graphic Information Systems II (3 hrs) (prerequisite GEOG 508)
DMP 770Emerging Diseases (3 hrs) (intersession) MC 750Strategic Health Communication (3 hrs) (alternate yrs) 
DMP 801Toxicology (2 hrs) MC 760Communication and risk (3 hrs) (alternate yrs)
DMP 806Environmental Toxicology (2 hrs)STAT 705Regression and Analysis of Variance (3 hrs)
DMP 816Trade & Agricultural Health (2 hrs) (online) STAT 716 Non-parametric Statistics (3 hrs)
DMP 822 Veterinary Virology (3 hrs) STAT 717 Categorical Data Analysis (3 hrs) 
DMP 830 Quantitative Analysis (3 hrs)STAT 720 Design of Experiments (3 hrs) 
DMP 844Global Health Issues (3 hrs) (online)STAT 730 Multivariate Statistics Methods (3 hrs) 
DMP 850Domestic Animal Immunology (3 hrs) Plus any graduate course approved by the graduate committee and the program director
DMP 854 Intermediate Epidemiology (3 hrs)

Culminating experience - MPH 840 (6 credit hours)

Total hrs required for MPH Degree (42 hours)

All MPH graduate students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above in ALL graduate course work to remain in good standing in the program and to graduate with an MPH degree.  Detailed information concerning this requirement may be found on the Graduate School website:  http://www.k-state.edu/grad/