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 dates for the 2019 summer institute at the University of Iowa campus will be Sunday, June 2 (4:00 p.m.) – Friday, June 14 (5:00 p.m.).

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.

Number Course Hours
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 General Environmental Health 3 s.h.


Courses (21 s.h.)

Number Course Hours
CPH:6700 Public Health Preparedness 2 s.h.
EPID:5200 Public Health Informatics 3 s.h.
EPID:5300 Food Safety 3 s.h.
EPID:5320 Exotic and Emerging Diseases of Animals 1 s.h.
EPID:5470 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics 3 s.h.
EPID:5550 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology 3 s.h.
EPID:5570 Zoonotic Diseases 3 s.h.
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine 3 s.h.

Applied Practice Experience and Capstone Experience Requirements (3 s.h.)

Number Title Hours
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 1 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 2 s.h.

Pre-Requisites to the Applied Practice Experience and the Capstone Experience

Students must complete all core courses prior to beginning the Applied Practice Experience, and they must take the Capstone Experience course in their final semester.

Summary of Requirements:

Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
Practice Experience 1 s.h.
Capstone Experience 2 s.h.
Electives 21 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.

Program Cost

We estimate the cost of this program to be approximately $40,000. 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.


  • Describe the role that the veterinary profession plays in public health
  • Recognize the importance of veterinarians in preventing, detecting and responding to issues related to the health of the public, such as foodborne illnesses and infectious diseases of animals
  • Utilize public health data to inform veterinary practice
  • Develop skills needed to apply epidemiological principles and methods in solving problems related to infectious diseases including identifying surveillance, diagnoses and control measures given a specific infectious disease outbreak


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on June 19, 2019.