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.
|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.)
|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.|
For students who started the MPH Program prior to Fall 2018:
Practicum Requirement (3 s.h.)
The experience from this course, including a final written report and a poster presentation, constitutes the final examination for the MPH.
|CPH:7000||MPH Practicum Experience||3 s.h.|
Pre-Requisite to MPH Practicum
Students must complete all of their MPH core courses and the majority of other MPH coursework prior to registering for the Practicum.
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.
For students who started the MPH Program in Fall 2018 and beyond:
Applied Practice Experience and Capstone Experience Requirements (3 s.h.)
|CPH:7500||MPH Applied Practice Experience||2 s.h.|
|CPH:7200||MPH Capstone Experience||1 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 for students who started the MPH Program prior to Fall 2018:
|MPH Core||18 s.h.|
Summary of Requirements for students who started the MPH Program in Fall 2018 and beyond:
|MPH Core||18 s.h.|
|Practice Experience||2 s.h.|
|Capstone Experience||1 s.h.|
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: http://financialaid.uiowa.edu/graduate
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|