American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Master of Public Health Program (MPH) with a Veterinary Epidemiology Concentration


Revised: November 2013 (current as of 7/27/2015)

The following list of study references is NOT a definitive, exhaustive list for preparing for the ACVPM examinations. A listed reference may be applicable to more than one category. Use this list as a guide, in as much as it represents a compromise between brevity and completeness. You are encouraged to read as much additional material as possible. Reading the current scientific and professional literature (e.g. JAVMA, MMWR, Lancet, NEJM, Science, Journal of Food Protection, etc.) are also necessary to properly prepare for the examinations.

References marked with a "P" are primary references. An "S" indicates supplementary titles provided for those who wish to do additional reading.


The Environmental Health and Toxicology Section includes nine topic areas, with an equal number of questions from each topic area in the multiple choice section of the exam.  Applied knowledge of toxicology is incorporated into many of the topic areas.  The Toxicology section is more specific to the principles of toxicology and toxic substances in general.  Each topic area and suggested reference materials for each are listed below:

Topic Areas:  1. EH-Air, 2. EH-Land/Soil, 3. EH-Water, 4. Waste

Topic Area 5. Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Topic Area 6. Occupational Health 7. Vectors.

Topic Area 8. Radiation

Topic Area 9: Toxicology






  1. Describe governmental functions (regulatory/rule-making and enforcement, policies, responsibilities, information/data collection and management) that directly impact public health.
  2. Define the major federal agencies and departments with functions and responsibilities that pertain to public health and understand the organizational structure.
  3. Describe governmental interactions and relationships (local, state, federal) pertaining to public health, including the relationship, responsibilities, and distinctions between agriculture and public health.
  4. Understand the three pillars of public health, the ten essential public health functions and the three levels of prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary).
  5. Describe the skills and education of a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals working at the local level.
  6. Describe the major functions and responsibilities of a local public health department.
  7. Demonstrate skills in developing and implementing plans.
  8. Define the responsibilities and integrated relationships of public health with partners in public health preparedness/bioterrorism preparedness, and the veterinary practitioner in emergency management/public health preparedness.
  9. Demonstrate competence in risk assessment and in risk communication.
  10. Demonstrate competence regarding the interactions of public health with diverse sectors of the public-at-large, the media, and government officials.


Epidemiology is the basic science with tools to support decision making processes in veterinary public health and preventive medicine. [see more in Word doc of Study References on ACVPM site]

Biostatistics -- The ACVPM General Exam will require basic biostatistical knowledge that is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. Basic biostatistics and the statistics used in basic epidemiologic studies and investigations will be the foci. Basic biostatistics books will give the basic knowledge required but should be supplemented with an analytic epidemiology text.

Epidemiology Reference Materials



General Biostatistics References

  • Daniel WW. (2009) Biostatistics: a Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences, 9th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: Hoboken, NJ. [NCSU Libraries currently has 7th ed. 1999]
  • Rosner B. (2010) Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 7th ed. Duxbury Press: Belmont, CA. [NCSU Libraries currently has 5th ed. 2000]
  • Glantz S. (2011) Primer of Biostatistics, 7th ed. McGraw-Hill Medical: NY, NY.

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“This is only a convenience copy of the reading list to help find copies of reading materials in the NCSU Libraries.  It does not replace the official reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest reading list.”

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