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.


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


  • 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

2020 summer institute dates: Iowa State University campus – Sunday, May 17 – Friday, May 29. University of Iowa campus – Sunday, May 31 – Friday, June 12.

A typical student completes the MPH in two years. This following is a sample plan of study based on a full-time student starting in the Summer. Please work with your advisor to choose a plan that works best for you. All courses are online unless otherwise noted.


Sample Plan of Study for the MPH for Practicing Veterinarians
Course No. Course name Hours
Summer Year 1 9 s.h.
EPID:5570 Zoonotic Diseases (UI Summer Institute) 3 s.h.
OEH:6110 Rural Health and Agricultural Medicine (UI Summer Institute) 3 s.h.
CPH:5100 Intro to Public Health 3 s.h.
Fall Year 1 6 s.h.
CBH:4105 Intro to Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3 s.h.
BIOS:4120 Intro to Biostatistics 3 s.h.
Spring Year 1 6 s.h.
EPID:4400 Epidemiology I: Principles 3 s.h.
OEH:4240 Global Environmental Health 3 s.h.
Summer Year 2 9 s.h.
EPID:5300 Food Safety (ISU Summer Institute) 3 s.h.
EPID:5470 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology/Biostatistics (ISU Summer Institute) 3 s.h.
HMP:4000 Intro to the US Healthcare System 3 s.h.
Fall Year 2 6 s.h.
EPID:5200 Public Health Informatics 3 s.h.
CPH:6700 Public Health Emergency Preparedness 3 s.h.
Spring Year 2 6 s.h.
EPID:5550 Diagnostic Microbiology for Epidemiology 3 s.h.
CPH:7500 MPH Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
CPH:7200 MPH Capstone Experience 1 s.h.
MPH degree total 42 s.h.


Summary of Requirements
Area Hours
MPH Core 18 s.h.
MPH Required 21 s.h.
Applied Practice Experience 2 s.h.
MPH Capstone 1 s.h.
Total 42 s.h.


Questions or comments? Contact Lexie Just. This page was last reviewed on August 23, 2019.