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 Veterinary Public Health (VPH) Specialization may choose one from two possible tracks: general or epidemiology. The curriculum for each track consists of a minimum of 45 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)
College-level courses in biology, microbiology, physiology, genetics, and/or related subjects are desirable, and student performance in these courses is considered. A well composed personal statement and strong letters of recommendation are also highly useful in the review process.
For information regarding application materials, test scores and codes, and decision timelines see our frequently asked questions page.