The DVM/MPH program is designed to prepare veterinary students for a career in public health, or to better apply the principles of epidemiology and public health to more traditional forms of practice or research. With its emphasis on human and animal diseases, accuracy in research, and rigorous application of statistical methods, the combined DVM/MPH degree provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue public health positions in government, research, international health, private industry and academia.
The MPH degree complements students’ clinical understanding of the individual with a population-based perspective. Upon completion of the program, students are better able to understand the roles of the biological sciences and health care services in improving the health of populations and linking to public health practice. The program helps graduates identify the public health implications of clinical work and research, and communicates these to other clinicians and public health professionals. Graduates of the program are able to apply population-based methods and perspectives to the design and practice of clinical services; describe the diverse roles that physicians, veterinarians, and other clinicians and public health professionals play in public health practice and research; and participate effectively in a public health team.