SPH does not require the GRE for its master’s and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about our decision regarding the GRE.

Admissions Requirements

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Program-Specific Prerequisites

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; however, are eligible to apply any time during vet school​.

Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree, regardless of whether their veterinary school requires one, are not eligible for the dual degree MPH program. Applicants must be applying to or admitted into an AVMA-accredited veterinary school.


  • Summer term: April 1
  • Fall term: August 1
  • Spring term: December 1

Entering veterinary school as a prospective food animal practitioner, I wanted to have a well-rounded understanding of what it meant to be on the front lines protecting our national food supply. This inspired me to pursue an MPH while in veterinary school, and it is hands-down the best decision I have made regarding my academic and professional career. The University of Minnesota MPH program took me everywhere from slaughterhouse floors in Austin, MN to the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. Along the way, I met lifelong friends who helped me discover my love of epidemiology and challenged me to look at disease from a completely different perspective – this new perspective combined with my newfound professional connections acquired through the MPH program undoubtedly influenced my decision to become a veterinary epidemiologist for the Texas Animal Health Commission. While I may no longer aspire to be a private practitioner back in Minnesota, I am ecstatic to still be working with cattle every day in South Texas as well as protecting our nation’s citizens and food supply from emerging biological threats.

-Dr. J Hunter Reed, DVM (Cornell, ’20), MPH (’19)

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