Graduate Certificate


The VPM certificate was designed specifically for distance students, who can take advantage of all of the technological capabilities of the computer and internet. For the most part, students will not find lecture videos of their instructor, but will be able to interact with their instructor in the form of online Office Hours using video conference software (i.e. Zoom). A graduate certificate in Veterinary Preventive Medicine requires a minimum of 15 credits distributed across a minimum of 10 credits of core courses and 5 credits of elective courses. Distance course sections are identified with WWW in the schedule of Classes.  

Certificate required core courses (7 credits)
STAT 587*  Statistical Methods for Research Workers 4 credits Fall, Spring & Summer
VDPAM 5280  Principles of Epidemiology and Population Health 3 credits Spring
Remaining 3 core credits can be selected from
VDPAM 5270  Applied Statistical Methods in Population Studies 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd
VDPAM 5290  Epidemiological Methods in Population Research 3 credits Alt. Fall, Even
VDPAM 5600 Ecology of Infectious Diseases 3 credits

Alt. Spring, Odd

VDPAM 5620X Applied Diagnostic Technologies and Medicine for Infectious Disease 3 credits Alt. Fall, Even
VDPAM 5640 Animal Welfare Science and Research 3 credits Alt. Spring, Even
VDPAM 5670X Design, Implementation and Analysis of Field Studies in Food Animals 3 credits Alt. Fall, Odd

* available online in Spring semesters

The remaining 5 or more elective credits can be any approved Iowa State University graduate level or dual listed course including, but not limited to, any remaining core courses. With the permission of the Director of Certificate Education, students may also take graduate level courses at another approved institution to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.