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Department of Population Medicine


The Department of Population Medicine is an international leader in discovering and disseminating knowledge to optimize the health of animal and human populations in their environments. We embrace a holistic definition of health that includes physical health, welfare, and productivity of animals and the physical, mental, and social well-being of humans.  We help students build foundational knowledge and skills while fostering continuous self-directed and collaborative learning and discovery. We answer the call of society for advice and action in our areas of expertise.

Core Areas of Emphasis 


The study and analysis of the distribution, patterns, and determinants of health and disease conditions in human and animal populations. Epidemiology helps shape policy and health management decisions and evidence-based practice by identifying risk factors for disease and targets for disease prevention and control.

Health Management

Health management concerns the identification and development of practices, policies, and procedures in animal production systems or companion animal environments that promote the health, productivity and welfare of animals. Health management researchers make use of a variety of experimental and observational study designs to explore these animal production systems.

Public Health

Public health represents organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and prevent injury, illness, and premature death. It is a combination of programs, services, and policies that address public health community needs at local, provincial, national, and international scales.


Theriogenology concerns veterinary reproductive medicine, technology and surgery and includes all aspects of clinical practice related to male and female reproduction, obstetrics, and neonatology in production, companion, and wild animals

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Department Chair Todd Duffield, 54057,

Graduate Coordinator Lee Niel, 52526,

Graduate Coordinator – Andrew Papadopoulos, MPH, 53894,