MPH for Practicing Veterinarians

The University of Iowa College of Public Health, in collaboration with the  College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University offers a primarily distance-based Master of Public Health Program.  The program is designed for practicing veterinarians looking for a career change or to enhance their ability to become board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The MPH will provide veterinarians with new opportunities in local, state and federal health, agricultural and environmental agencies, colleges and universities, private sector food industry, the military and international public health organizations.


  • Degree in Veterinary Medicine from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited college of veterinary medicine or comparable training
  • The GRE is an overall requirement for the MPH degree, but for practitioners seeking admission to the program, special permission for waivers of the GRE can be sought by the College of Public Health. We will only seek this waiver if you have a DVM from a US Veterinary School AND/OR a license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.  International applicants who hold DVM (or equivalent) from NON-US institutions will be required to take the GRE unless they also hold a license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.

MPH Program Courses

This program was designed so practicing veterinarians can continue to work while they take classes. Students  will participate in two 2-week summer institutes, one at the University of Iowa and the other at Iowa State University in consecutive summers. The remainder of courses are available in asynchronous format via the internet (2 classes in each fall semester and 2 classes in each spring semester). The typical student takes 2 years to complete the degree, however some students take up to four years.

The 2015 summer institute at the University of Iowa campus will be held Sunday, May 31 (4 p.m.) – Friday, June 12th (5:30 p.m.), 2015.

MPH Core Courses (18 s.h.)

The following courses are required of students in the MPH program. Students are expected to earn ≥ B- (2.67) on each core course and must earn a ≥ B (3.0) cumulative grade point average on all core courses. When necessary, a student may repeat a course to achieve this standard.

MPH:5100/170:101 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:5110/171:161 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:5105/172:101 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400/173:140 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:4000/174:102 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
OEH:4240/175:197 General Environmental Health 3 s.h.

Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)

MPH:7000/170:299 MPH Practicum Experience 3 s.h.


The practicum is the capstone experience of the MPH program.  It provides an opportunity for students to apply public health competencies in a public health practice setting.  The practicum requires a minimum of 200 hours of public health practice and must be carried out in a setting that has components of veterinary medicine and public health. The experience from this course, including a final written report and oral or poster presentation constitutes the final examination for the MPH.

In the past, some of the veterinarians in this program have worked at state health departments working on zoonotic diseases, state departments of agriculture working on animal disaster management plans and agroterrorism issues, researched the effects of musculoskeletal symptoms in dairy producers, tested swine workers for antibodies to influenza viruses, and traveled overseas to research Dengue fever and anthrax. There are many opportunities in the local area to get involved with the board of health, human medical facilities, and state and federal government projects to incorporate your knowledge as a veterinarian with the vast world of public health.

Courses (21 s.h.)

MPH:6700/170:175 Public Health Preparedness 2 s.h.
EPID:5200/173:120 Public Health Informatics 3 s.h.
EPID:5300/173:130 Food Safety 3 s.h.
EPID:5320/173:132 Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals 1 s.h.
EPID:5470/173:147 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics 3 s.h.
EPID:5550/173:155 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology 3 s.h.
EPID:5570/173:157 Zoonotic Diseases 3 s.h.
OEH:6110/175:209 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.

Summary of Requirements

MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practicum 3 s.h.
Electives 21 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.


Program Cost

We estimate the cost of this program to be approximately $35,000. This includes the cost of tuition, books, and travel to and from the summer institutes. Financial aid is available to students pursuing this program. Financial Aid questions can be directed to the Financial Aid Office: Students are billed by semester and billing plans are available.

Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on February 19, 2015.