Veterinary Public Health - Master of Public Health

There is a great societal need for public health professionals who can address the problems of infectious diseases transmissible from animals to humans, food safety and food security, emergency response and preparedness, as well as animal health and biomedical research.

The Colleges of Public Health and Veterinary Medicine collaborate to offer this specialization in the Master of Public Health program. It is one of only two such programs certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Students admitted to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program are assigned a faculty advisor who will provide guidance throughout the program.

Program of Study

Students in the VPH Specialization may choose one from two possible tracks: general or epidemiology. The curriculum for each track consists of a minimum of 45 semester credits organized into five curricular domains:
1. Core courses in areas of knowledge basic to public health (15-16 credits)
2. Required courses in the Specialization for both tracks (15-16 credits)
3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (10 credits)
4. Practicum (2 credits minimum)
5. Culminating project (3 credits minimum)

For detailed additional information about specific requirements, students are directed to the College of Public Health (CPH) Graduate Student Handbook and to the Graduate School Handbook (http://www.gradsch.ohio-state.edu).

Recommended Preparation

Applicants to the MPH specialization in veterinary public health must have completed a bachelor's degree with a strong science background. Courses in biology, microbiology, biosecurity, physiology, genetics, and/or related subjects are desirable, and student performance in these courses is considered. GRE scores should be competitive at the graduate level; however GRE scores may be waived for professionals with doctoral degrees (e.g. MD, DVM) who maintained a GPA above 3.0 during their undergraduate and professional training and several years of appropriate experience in the field. For more information please visit the Veterinary Public Health Program’s website.  

For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.

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