Coordinated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Auburn) / Master of Public Health Program

(MPH/DVM) Coordinated Doctor of Veterinary Medicine / Master of Public health (Auburn)

Students must be admitted to the Auburn University's Veterinary Medicine program before being considered for the Coordinated DVM/MPH Program. For more information about the DVM Program please contact the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University;, Stephanie Ostrowski, in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine at

Program Description

The DVM/MPH coordinated dual degree program is offered through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM) and the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH). Students may focus their MPH in any one of four areas, including: (1) Environmental Health Science, (2) Epidemiology, (3) Health Behavior, (4) Health Care Organization and Policy, or a combination (general MPH). MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

Through its DVM degree, the AUCVM prepares individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics, and research. Through its MPH program, the SOPH prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. These complementary coordinated degree programs provide students with a fuller and richer perspective of and appreciation for community and global health recognizing the intersection of human health, animal health and the environment. Addition of an MPH degree to the DVM broadens career opportunities, providing a foundation for positions in research, government, and international health as well as private industry.

To apply to the UAB School of Public Health MPH Program, interested students should submit their application by visiting the UAB Graduate School website ( and click the ‘Apply Now’ button.

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MPH / DVM Curriculum

Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required DVM curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the DVM curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences. Out-of state online students pay the same tuition rate as Alabama residents. Below are the course required for the MPH degree, for information about the DVM curriculum please click here.

Core Requirements
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
or EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship (DVM/MPH focus)3
PUH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Elective courses (PUH)10
Credits from DVM at Auburn Univeristy12
VMED 5030: Public Health4
VMED 5250: Principles of Infectious Diseases4
VMED 5720: Disaster Medicine for Vets2
VMED 5502: Evidence Based Medicine1
VMED 5502: 064 - BST & EPI for Vets1
Total Hours42

Note: A student must complete 30 hours of coursework at UAB School of Public Health and 12 hours are shared with the DVM program for a total of 42.

Dropping Out of the Program Prior to Completion

Students MUST complete both degrees to successfully complete the program. Students must meet with the MD/MPH committee to request a leave or to drop out of the program.