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 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. Integrated Foundational courses in public health (12 credits)
  2. Required courses in the Specialization for both tracks (18-19 credits)
  3. Elective courses approved for the specialization (9-10 credits)
  4. Applied Practice Experience (2 credits minimum)
  5. Integrative Learning Experience (3 credits minimum)

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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

Recommended Preparation

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.

Veterinary Public Health Program

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