Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH

Learn and work at the interface of animal and human health.

This predominantly online dual degree program allows students to combine their veterinary studies with a Master of Public Health, providing the credentials to work at the interface of human wellness and animal health. The degree is designed so you can earn your MPH degree in the same four years as your DVM degree, if you choose, by utilizing transfer credits from your veterinary curriculum, relevant field work, and public health coursework.

The MPH Veterinary Public Health program is designed for students who are enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary school. If you are a practicing veterinarian, please consider the Executive Program in Public Health Program.

Veterinary Public Health Info Sheet (PDF)

See Detailed Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH Curriculum and a Sample Schedule (PDF)

Master’s Project

The Master’s Project involves studious inquiry or examination. The product of that undertaking is a formal, written, scholarly report that demonstrates writing proficiency; and the ability to critically approach a topic, synthesize, interpret, and successfully convey information to the appropriate audience.

The Master’s Project provides a culminating experience for the student that allows the student to demonstrate the use of public health principles and competencies.

Students are expected to demonstrate familiarity with the tools of applied research or scholarship in public health practice, the ability to work independently, and the ability to apply skills learned in coursework by completing one of the following:

  • Research Paper
  • Systematic Literature Review
  • Consultative Report
  • Grant Proposal
  • CPH Exam

Regardless of which project option students choose, an oral presentation is required.

CPH Exam

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam is a unique way to meet the project requirement. Students are eligible to take the CPH exam after completing 21 credits. The 21 credits should include the core courses, as those are the concepts covered in the exam. You may repeat the test if a passing score was not obtained or choose to complete a different MPH project option. The CPH exam replaces the MPH project requirement, but not the credits. Also, exam-takers are required to do an oral presentation.

Field Experience

This is an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about the organization, operations, and special activities of selected agencies, institutions, and industries concerned with public health practice.

The field experience provides students with a means of gaining additional insight into programs, personnel management, governmental relations, public relations, legislative support, and, particularly, knowledge of special investigations conducted by these organizations.

Participation in the activities of public health-related agencies, entities, or associations external to the university adds a dimension of experience to the curriculum that enriches the student’s training and may be beneficial in seeking employment.

DVM/MPH students must complete a minimum of three weeks of field experience, but the degree allows for a range of 3-8 weeks. The program coordinator and/or director manage field experiences on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants must be admitted to an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine. Applicants are encouraged to begin the DVM/MPH program the summer prior to starting veterinary school.

Standardized Test Requirement

This program requires the GRE.

Admission Averages

  • GPA of 3.00
  • GRE minimum composite score of 1000 and a 3.5 on the AWA


  • Applications are accepted for May/Summer term only.
  • Deadline is Jan. 15.

What do public health veterinarians do?

  • Address complex problems that relate to the health of animals and people
  • Operate as field epidemiologists investigating new and emerging diseases
  • Serve as leaders for zoonoses prevention and control programs such as rabies, foodborne illnesses, and arboviruses
  • Prepare and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies
  • Work to ensure the health of humans and animals by promoting safe natural and working environments
  • Develop public policy at local, state, national, and international levels

DVM/MPH practice areas

  • Risk communication
  • Food safety
  • Zoonoses control
  • Public health leadership/policy
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Occupational health
  • Teaching and research
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental health

Where do they work?

Private industry: Pharmaceutical and vaccine companies, food processors, medical device companies

Government agencies: Departments of Agriculture; Departments of Natural Resources, Departments of Public Health, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

International organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Animal Health Organization

Uniformed services: Army Veterinary Corps, Air Force Health Officer, Public Health Corps

International public health agencies: Veterinarians without Borders, Heifer Project International, Pan American Health Organization

Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH In-Depth Career Information

Who is eligible for the program?

Applicants be admitted to an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine and meet the prerequisites for admission. Students are encouraged to begin the MPH program the summer before beginning vet school. Early application is encouraged. Vet students may apply at any time during vet school.

How long does it take to complete the MPH degree?

It depends on you. You have up to five years to complete the MPH. The basic (required) curriculum is offered online throughout the year. Elective coursework is traditionally completed through Public Health Institute and/or DVM transfer credits (max 14 transfer credits). On average, our students complete the MPH in 3.5 years.

What should I consider when transferring credits into the DVM/MPH degree program?

Up to 14 credits can be transferred (with approval), saving you time and tuition dollars. The following conditions must be met in order for a course to be eligible for transfer.

  • A grade of “B-” (3.0) or better is required.
  • Course credit can not be older than five years.
  • You must submit a petition to have the course be reviewed for approval, along with course description and syllabi.

What if I don’t finish my MPH by the time I’m done with my DVM?

Although you are encouraged to complete your MPH within three to five years, you have five years to complete the MPH. The clock starts when you register for your first MPH course. You are not required to complete the MPH during the same four years you complete your DVM. If that is a personal goal, we will work with you to achieve it!

 The attributes a veterinary public health official brings to the world are instrumental to improving the human-animal interaction, and cultivating a better environment. –Jason Crawford (DVM/MPH ‘09)

Application Deadline

Jan. 15 for
Summer Admission

Contact Us

Major Coordinator
Sarah Summerbell

Program Director
Larissa Minicucci

Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH Student Guidebook (PDF)