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Curriculum in DVM/Master of Public Health Program

A complete course list can be found on the Tufts School of Medicine Public Health Degree Requirements page.

The DVM/MPH program consists of a combination of classroom and public health coursework. In the first two years, students take public health core courses on Tuesday afternoons in place of the weekly, pre-clinical field or research selectives pursued by other veterinary students. The MPH curriculum reflects competencies in the domains of Evidence-Based Approaches to Public Health, Public Health and Health Care Systems, Planning and Management to Promote Health, Policy in Public Health, Leadership, Communication, Interprofessional Practice, and Systems Thinking. The DVM/MPH program also has concentration-specific courses such as Global Population Health, Research Methods, Emerging and Exotic Diseases and Animals, and Legal Basis of Veterinary Public Health. During their first three years, students collectively participate in a monthly, small group seminar—Integration of Public Health—designed to help integrate what they are learning over time in the MPH curriculum with their pre-clinical training.

Students may also take public health electives designed specifically for them on the Grafton or Boston campus throughout their first, second, and third years. Special four-week blocks of time are reserved for elective courses in the spring of the third and fourth years.

In addition, students participate in an eight-week summer field experience during the summer between their first and second years, and an in-depth practicum in public health, Applied Learning Experience.

The DVM/Master of Public Health 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.