Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine

(School of Veterinary Medicine)

Ashley Hill, D.V.M., M.P.V.M., Ph.D., Chairperson of the Group

Group Office. Veterinary Medicine Administrative Building, Rm 1022; 530-752-2657; Fax 530-754-9161;


Graduate Advisor. Contact the Group office.

Courses in MPM:
MPM 200Introduction to Information Management for Epidemiologists (1) Active
Laboratory—1 hour(s). Restricted to students in the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program. Introduction to practical application of epidemiological methods to solve problems involving population health data. Emphasis on using worksheet/database software tools for organizing, analyzing, reporting, and interpreting data. Ten, three-hour sessions. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Summer Session 2.
MPM 201Emerging Issues at the Interface of Animal, Human, & Ecosystem Health (2.5) Active
Lecture—1 hour(s); Discussion—1.5 hour(s). Limited to 35 students. Introduce one health topics emphasizing relationships between environmental, animal and human health. Topics include ecosystem change and impacts on animals and humans, cross-species disease transmission and approaches for addressing critical data gaps to inform ecosystem health and disease prevention. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
MPM 202Medical Statistics I (4) Active
Lecture—15 hour(s); Laboratory—10 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPVM or MPH standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to 80 students. Basic statistics in clinical, laboratory and population medicine: descriptive statistics; probability; binomial, Poisson, normal, t-, F-, and Chi-square distributions; sampling distributions; parameter estimation; hypothesis testing; elementary nonparametric methods, simple linear regression and correlation; life table construction and analysis. (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Summer Session 2.
MPM 203Medical Statistics II (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 202; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent. Continuation of MPM 202. Analysis of variance in biomedical sciences; nonparametric methods; multiple regression; unconditional logistic regression; biomedical applications of statistical methods. Microcomputer applications in population medicine to reinforce principles that are taught in lecture. Required for students in the Preventive Veterinary Program Graduate Group (PVM) and the Masters of Public Health Program (MPH). (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
MPM 204Medical Statistics III (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Continuation of MPM 203. Selecting the best regression equation, conditional logistic regression, Poisson regression, survival analysis, analysis of time dependent variation and trends. Microcomputer applications in population medicine to reinforce principles that are taught in lecture. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
MPM 205Principles of Epidemiology (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 202; or Consent of Instructor. An introductory statistics course. Basic epidemiologic concepts and approaches to epidemiologic research, with examples from veterinary and human medicine, including outbreak investigation, infectious disease epidemiology, properties of tests, and an introduction to epidemiologic study design and surveillance. (Same course as EPI 205.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MPM 206Epidemiologic Study Design (4) Active
Lecture—30 hour(s); Discussion—9 hour(s); Laboratory—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): MPM 205; or Consent of Instructor. Builds on concepts presented in MPM 205. Concepts of epidemiologic study design—clinical trials, observational cohort studies, case control studies—introduced in MPM 205A are covered in more depth, using a problem-based format. Discussion of published epidemiologic studies. (Same course as EPI 206.) (Letter.) Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
MPM 207Applied Epidemiologic Problem Solving (1) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—2 hour(s). Integration of epidemiologic and statistical methodology in a problem-solving approach to contemporary animal population health issues. Data validation and manipulation. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
MPM 208Research Planning & Reporting I (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s). MPVM standing or consent of instructor Identify and implement research questions through hypothesis construction, articulation of aims, acquiring permits, working as a team, and all other techniques needed to develop a successful research program. Not open for credit to students who have previously taken MPM 408B. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MPM 209Research Planning & Reporting II (1) Active
Lecture/Discussion. Prerequisite(s): MPM 208. Concepts and skills in effective scientific writing for publication in a peer-reviewed journal in animal health or biomedicine. Includes developing an argument, organizing and writing a manuscript, improving readability, and responding to peer review. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
MPM 210Advanced Health Leadership (1.5) Active
Lecture; Discussion. Limited to 35 students. Develop skills for effective scientific leadership, including: project management and collaboration, conflict resolution, communication with the public, dynamic distribution of health information, and evidence-based policy influence. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
MPM 212Concepts & Methods in Infectious Disease Surveillance & Control (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Basic and advanced level of conceptual and methodological foundations in infectious disease epidemiology necessary for veterinarians to develop and evaluate programs for detection, prevention, and control of infectious diseases in animal populations. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.