Program

The deadline to submit an email of intent is December 31st to begin studies in September of the following year. 

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years

The Masters in Field Epidemiology will prepare graduates for careers responding to animal health disease outbreaks. This project-based program will focus on applied epidemiological skills such as:

  • Outbreak investigation
  • Evaluation of surveillance programs
  • Risk assessment
  • Design of epidemiological studies
  • Statistical analysis of outbreaks

Students will be assigned a supervisor and will complete competency based projects that are specific to animal disease outbreak investigations and/or animal health surveillance systems. Students will have an opportunity to respond to take lead roles in such investigations and work with research centres, industry groups, and the public.

This degree is unique in North America among field epidemiology programs as it focuses on animal health diseases and is intended for those with a veterinary background. The Western College of Veterinary Medicine houses both a Disease Investigation Unit and a Centre for Applied Epidemiology. Both research groups, as well as the other Health Science colleges at the University of Saskatchewan provide a rich opportunity for interdisciplinary research and practical applications of academic scholarship to improve both human and animal health.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor or contact faculty before you have applied to this program. A supervisor will be assigned to you after admission.

Name Research areas
John CampbellEpidemiology of bovine trichomoniasis, vitamin E and selenium status of cow-calf herds, factors affecting culling of breeding bulls
Tasha EppZoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology
Nathan EricksonBeef cattle production health
Murray JelinskiDemographics of veterinary profession, ecology and epidemiology of mycoplasma bovis
Fabienne UehlingerEpidemiology, food animal medicine, zoonotic protozoa, livestock management
Cheryl WaldnerInfectious disease and environmental epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, statistical and simulation modelling, Bayesian and spatial analysis

Tuition and funding

Funding

There is a possibility of a graduate stipend for admitted students.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China and Mexico.

Tuition

Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2019 $1420.00 $2243.60
January 1 - April 30, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
May 1 - August 31, 2020 $1420.00 $2243.60
Total per academic year $4260.00 $6730.80

Student fees

In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.

Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 Summer 2020
Student fees $741.84 $282.81 $22.50 $22.50

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

Master of Science

  • A cumulative weighted average of 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of full-time study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university, contingent on acceptance by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
  • Eligibility for restricted, educational SVMA licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an email of intent

Before applying online, applicants are encouraged to email the program coordinator (tasha.epp@usask.ca) with a CV and a brief statement indicating why you are interested in the program.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
    • Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:

Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.

Preliminary Statement of Marks

  • Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
  • The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
  • All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
  • Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.

Uploading documents

Post-secondary Transcripts

If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place 
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

  • Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.

Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.

For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:

  • It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
  • Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.

Uploading documents

If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.

College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9

Contact

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4

Program Coordinator
Dr. Tasha Epp
Email: tasha.epp@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Jackie Gabriel
Email: jackie.gabriel@usask.ca