DVM-MPH Combined Degree

A variety of forces, such as the new focus on public health preparedness including areas of zoonotic diseases, food security and food borne/vector borne diseases; environmental health; and outbreaks of rabies and West Nile virus call for preparing professionals who possess knowledge and skills in both veterinary medicine and public health.

The purpose of the dual DVM-MPH is to provide formal training in public health in addition to formal training in veterinary medicine. This dual degree is a natural combination of preparation in two related and complimentary health care disciplines.

Graduate veterinarians who also possess the MPH degree will have employment opportunities in:

  • Local and State health departments in epidemiology, zoonotic/vector borne diseases, food borne disease, bioterrorism, environmental health, emergency planning/response positions
  • State Public Health Veterinarian positions (there are about 39 state public health veterinarians in the US)
  • Scientific positions at CDC, ATSDR, EPA, USDA, and the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA.
  • The Public Health Service Commissioned Corp.
  • Military positions in public health
  • State agricultural departments
  • Universities doing teaching and research in the broad field of public health
  • International public health

Examples of careers include:

  • State and Assistant State Public Health Veterinarian
  • Public Health Advisor
  • USPHS Commissioned Corps
  • ACVPM-NAVLE Item Writing Committee at National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Veterinary Medical Officer (Epidemiology) USDA/APHIS


To be a candidate for this combined degree the applicant must be accepted into the DVM program as a condition of acceptance into the combined degree. This may occur concurrently but the condition of acceptance into the DVM must be made before final acceptance into the combined program. The admission committees of the two colleges will independently review the candidate for acceptance into the combined degree. For information about the DVM program at Iowa State University, please see http://vetmed.iastate.edu/.

This following is a sample plan of study. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you.

SemesterCourse No.Course nameHours
  DVM Year 13 s.h.
SpringEPID:4400Epidemiology I: Principles3 s.h.
  DVM Year 212 s.h.
SummerCPH:5100Intro to Public Health3 s.h.
SummerEPID:5570Zoonotic Diseases (Iowa City)3 s.h.
FallBIOS:4120Intro to Biostatistics3 s.h.
SpringOEH:4240Global Environmental Health3 s.h.
  DVM Year 315 s.h.
SummerHMP:4000Intro to the US Healthcare System3 s.h.
SummerEPID:5300Food Safety (ISU)3 s.h.
SummerEPID:5470Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics (ISU)3 s.h.
FallCBH:4105Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention3 s.h.
SpringCPH:7500MPH Applied Practice Experience2 s.h.
SpringCPH:7200MPH Capstone Experience1 s.h.
  MPH degree total30 s.h.
MPH Core18 s.h.
MPH Required9 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience2 s.h.
MPH Capstone1 s.h.
Total30 s.h.