Students in the MSPH of Vector Biology and Parasitology degree program will gain knowledge and understanding of vector biology and how arthropods affect human health; how to conduct vector-borne disease risk assessments; and how to plan, coordinate, and implement vector surveillance and control operations. This degree program is administered by the faculty of the PMB Division of Global Public Health.
Admission into the MSPH program will be preferentially offered to personnel in one of the preventive medicine/public health disciplines. Applicants should possess, at minimum, a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution before matriculation at USU in one of the biological or health science disciplines or in engineering, an outstanding academic record, some health-related experience, and demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public health. With the permission of the PMB Director of Graduate Programs, outstanding civilian applicants may be considered, with preference given to health professionals sponsored by U.S. government agencies.
- A personal statement describing how the applicant became interested in public health and how they envision incorporating the education they would receive in their future careers
- Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic, professional, and/or military service background
- Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel must obtain the sponsorship of their parent organization and should indicate the status of obtaining this sponsorship
Additional Application Requirements
Deadline for full consideration of applications is December 1st for matriculation the following August.
If applicants require a letter of competitiveness or early consideration for admission before that date, they should notify the University’s Graduate Education office. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, especially as they concern the needs of the Uniformed Services. Apply Here
TUITION AND FEES
Tuition and fees are waived for all students. Most students must purchase their own books (some sponsoring organizations provide funding for books).
Intramural grants are available to fund some MSPH student research costs. Applicants must provide information on their research plan and progress, and must have the support of their research advisor and program director.
Civilian students do not incur service obligation to the United States government after the completion of their graduate studies.
Active-duty Uniformed Services personnel may incur an obligation for additional service in accordance with the applicable regulations governing sponsored graduate education.