PhD Program on Animal Health

The PhD Program on Animal Health, under the auspices of the National Center for Animal and Plant Health (CENSA), is assigned to the Agrarian University of Havana (UNAH). Its aims are to ensure graduates to become scientists with a solid academic background, who will be capable of performing and conducting researches, communicating and interpreting their results both orally and in writing. They will be able to supervise theses and participate in postgraduate teaching activities on Animal Health.The program, approved by the National Commission for Scientific Degrees (CNGC) of the Republic of Cuba, has a teaching staff of specialists from CENSA and other research centers and universities, recognized nationally and internationally. Besides, CENSA is the Headquarters of the Permanent National Board on Animal Health.

Coordinator: DMV María Antonia Abeledo García, PhD.

Scientific degree granted: PhD on Veterinary Sciences.

Modalities: Tutelary, theoretical-methodological or curricular training.

Duration: 3-4 years, extensible in one more year in exceptional cases.

Research lines

  • Diagnosis, prevention and control of animal diseases.
  • Epidemiological surveillance and integral characterization of animal diseases.
  • Food sanitary quality.
  • Milk quality in a sustainable agriculture.
  • Planning and confronting of activities aimed at reducing natural and health disasters.
  • Genetic improvement.
  • Bioinformatics in Animal Health.
  • Quality Management and Biosafety in Animal Health.
  • Animal health management.
  • Molecular epidemiology of the diseases affecting animals.

Specialties

  • Genetics and Animal Breeding
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Morphology and Pathology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Veterinary Zoohygiene and Epidemiology
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Internal Medicine
  • Food Hygiene

Admission requirements

  • To be a university graduate from a career related to the program.
  • To be linked to a research topic on Animal Health.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the English language, through a reading comprehension test.
  • To demonstrate enough knowledge of the Spanish language, for not Spanish-speaking candidates.
  • Accredited basic knowledge on Computing and Statistics.

Syllabus

  • Thesis project.
  • Foreign Language Proficiency Test (English, French, German or Russian and Spanish for not Spanish- speaking foreign candidates).
  • Test on Social Issues in Science and Technology.
  • Specialty Test.
  • Teaching-learning method (part or full time).
  • Specialized core courses (curricular).

Requirements for obtaining the scientific degree

  • To accumulate the credits required in the program (curricular).
  • To have, at least, two papers published as first author in a refereed international journal, where the research work carried out during the PhD studies is the substantial element.
  • Presentation of the results of the thesis in two national or international scientific events.
  • An essay on Social Issues in Science and Technology applied to the specialty.
  • To pass the Foreign Language Proficiency Test (English, French, German or Russian and Spanish for not Spanish- speaking foreign candidates).
  • To pass the Specialty Test.
  • A thesis with the results obtained during the development of the research Project.
  • To discuss the results of the thesis at the appropriate Technical Advisory Committee, and then, at the Board intended for such purposes.
  • Defense of the thesis at the appropriate Permanent Board of Animal Health, of the National Commission for Scientific Degrees of Cuba.

For further information

Lic. Sandra Cuello Portal, PhD.

Ing. Aleika Iglesia Lozano, PhD.

Teléfono: 53 47 863677

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