NEVBD has partnered with the Department of Entomology at Cornell University to offer a novel, interdisciplinary Master of Science program in vector-borne disease biology. This program falls within the Medical and Veterinary Entomology Concentration, and combines entomology and public health course work from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine.
Our goal for the MS in Entomology program in vector-borne disease biology is to provide a foundation from which graduates can immediately enter the workforce in vector surveillance, control, and related fields. Students will experience an innovative curriculum covering vector biology and ecology, public health competencies, and the most recent advances in vector control and vector-borne disease prevention.
During this two-year program, students will interact with leading medical entomologists, virologists, epidemiologists, field ecologists, and statistical modelers across multiple academic, state, and federal government and public health institutions in the Northeast. Students will also gain hands-on experience in the field through coursework and a required 10-week summer internship with a regional partner
Graduates of this program can immediately enter the workforce in a wide range of roles, including biologists and control specialists for vector control districts and agencies; program coordinators and managers for public health agencies and programs; scientists working with agricultural and cooperative extension programs; and more.
Graduates of the program will demonstrate a high level of competency in the following skills and knowledge areas:
- Arthropod biology, behavior and taxonomy
- Vector-borne pathogens of global and regional importance
- Vector-borne disease prevention and control strategies and systems
- Impact of public health systems on vector-borne disease transmission
- Professionalism in the public health and vector biology workforce
- Core competencies of public health professionals at a Program Management/Supervisory (Tier 2) level
Program Costs and Funding
To ensure successful engagement and completion of program competencies and projects, students enrolled in this program will receive fellowship support from the NEVBD. This support will cover full tuition, health insurance, and will provide stipends for the academic year and summer internship.
This financial support is provided under the NEVBD Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is currently only available to students matriculating for the 2018 to 2020, 2019 to 2021, and 2020 to 2022 program cohorts.
How to Apply
You can access more information on applying to the MS in Entomology program on the Cornell Department of Entomology Application Process page.
Please note: This graduate degree program is supported through funding within the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which supports students matriculating for the 2018-2020, 2019-2021, and 2020-2022 program cohorts. Continuation of this program is contingent upon future availability of funding.
Individuals interested in applying to this program should contact NEVBD program staff in Fall 2020 to inquire if additional cohorts will be eligible to apply.
Graduates of the MS in Entomology Vector-Borne Disease Biology program will be required to complete a mixture of instructional credits and master-level thesis research credits. Students are be required to establish a committee, including Dr. Laura Harrington and one other faculty member.
A mandatory 10-week summer internship at a federal, state, or local health department or vector control agency is required. NEVBD will provide salary and housing support for summer internship students. Students can select from the following topical areas for their internship project:
- Vector biology
- Vector surveillance
- Vector control
- Insecticide resistance
- Big data management
- Statistical modeling
- Public health messaging
- Public perceptions of vector-borne disease
Students will be expected to complete a written, publication-quality thesis based in part on their summer internship programs.
Final Practical and Written Exam:
Students will take a final oral practical exam and a written exam. A passing grade of 75 is required to complete the MS in Entomology program.
This program includes 7 required core courses covering topics of entomology and vector biology (16 credit hours), and 6 required core courses covering public health topics and competencies (16 credit hours). Students must also dedicate at least 2 credit hours each semester to master-level thesis research.
This program is designed to be completed in two years. Please visit the Cornell Class Roster to learn more about the courses listed below.
Core Entomology and Vector Biology Courses
Total credits: 16
|ENTOM 2120 + LAB Insect Biology||Fall||4|
|ENTOM 4520 Introduction to Disease Vectors||Fall||3|
|ENTOM 4521 Introduction to Disease Vectors Lab||Fall||1|
|ENTOM 6520 Malaria Seminar||Spring - Odd Years||2|
|ENTOM 6530 Control of Disease Vectors||Spring - Even Years||2|
|ENTOM 6540 Vector Biology in Practice||Spring||2|
|ENTOM 7670 Professional Development in Entomology||Fall||2|
Core Public Health Courses
Total credits: 16
|VTPMD 6101 Public Health Foundations I||Fall||3|
|VTPMD 6102 Public Health Foundations II||Spring||3|
|VTPMD 6104 Epidemiology in Practice||Fall||3|
|VTPMD 6105 Biostatistics for Health Sciences||Fall||3|
|VTPMD 6191 Public Health Communication||Fall||2|
|VETMI 6111 Principles of Infectious Disease for Public Health||Fall||2|
|ENTOM 8900 Master-level Thesis Research||Fall; Spring; Summer||Varies|
|IRB and IACUC training certification (online)||Fall; Spring||None|
|ENTOM 4550 Insect Ecology||Fall||4|
|ENTOM 4830 Insect Physiology||Spring||2|
|ENTOM 4940 Special Topics in Entomology||Spring||1|
|ENTOM 6900 Seminar in Ecology & Evolution of Infectious Diseases||Fall; Spring||1|
|VTPMD 6182 Public Health Practice and Planning||Spring||2|
|BIOMI 2500 Public Health Microbiology||Fall||3|
|BIOMI 2600 Microbiology of Human Contagious Diseases||Spring||3|
|BIOMI 4090 Principles of Virology||Fall||3|
|BIOMI 4310 Medical Parasitology||Fall||2|
|COMM 2850/STS 2852 Communication, Environment, Science, & Health||Spring||3|
|NTRES 6200 Spatial Modeling and Analysis||Spring||3|
|NS 3600 Epidemiology||Fall||3|
|STSCI 2150 Introductory Statistics for Biology||Spring||4|
Students may choose additional electives if approved by their advisor and committee.