Obtain a Graduate Degree While Continuing Your Veterinary Education
Through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Auburn University College of Veterinary offers students enrolled in the DVM program the opportunity to complete Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs while continuing their veterinary education. Information about these programs can be found below.
There are currently two options available for students seeking to pursue the DVM-Master’s of Public Health degree.
1. University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)- UAB is among the “top 15” Schools of Public Health in North America. Currently, this program is configured as a 5-year dual degree program with degrees awarded concurrently. There are a number of programmatic options, depending on the student’s goals and focus areas. Please see their website for more information.
The Epidemiology and BioStatistics Program area requires on-campus attendance for 2 consecutive semesters of their core coursework (Fall/ Spring), whereas the MPH in Policy and Administration can be completed via distance learning. UAB hosts several excellent and informative departmental Open Houses each spring and fall.
UAB is approximately 120 miles from Auburn, and is in the process of transitioning to on-line course offerings.
2. University of Minnesota DVM+ MPH – the “Veterinary Public Health MPH”
Core UMN-MPH courses are available on-line during all academic sessions (Fall, Spring, Summer) so students can proceed at their own pace. There is a requirement for one-time attendance at the UMN School of Public Health “Summer Institute”– a dynamic 3-week on-campus program that intermingles MPH and Dr.PH candidates from a variety of disciplines. All UMN DVM+ MPH students receive in-state tuition and there is no additional charge for distance learning courses. It is possible for students to use the Summer academic sessions (prior to starting 1st year, between 1st and 2nd years, and between 2nd and 3rd years) to complete most, if not all, MPH coursework before starting clinical rotations (4th year).
The 5-year timeline allows flexibility for completion, and degrees are awarded separately. The UMN Veterinary MPH is already structured so that ALL required/core courses are offered during Summer Session, and don’t conflict with the professional curriculum schedule (Fall/Spring/). Students may earn up to 9 credits towards the MPH before beginning the DVM curriculum in the fall. Please visit their website for more information.
*Note: 42 credits are required for the MPH.
9 credits + 12 (anticipated) transfer credits from the DVM curriculum = 21 credits.
Ms. Sarah Summerbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the program coordinator.
Dr. Larissa Minicucci (email@example.com) is the Program Director.
The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a dual degree program for DVM and MS or DVM and PhD degrees. This program allows students to pursue DVM and graduate degrees simultaneously in a time- and content-integrated manner. Graduates of this program have strong backgrounds in veterinary medicine and research and are well prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, or specialty clinics.
Students must apply to and be admitted to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and then apply for admission to the Biomedical Sciences graduate program through the Auburn University Graduate School. Students already admitted to the Graduate School may also apply for admission to the DVM program for entry to the dual degree program.
Students interested in participating in the dual degree program should contact the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies to discuss application procedures.
A full description of the program can be found in the Biomedical Sciences Handbook.
Applying to the Program
DVM/MS and DVM/PhD graduates will have strong backgrounds in both veterinary medicine and research and will be well prepared for careers in academia, industry and/or specialty clinics.
Students are admitted into the College of Veterinary Medicine program by applying to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and to the graduate program via application to the Biomedical Sciences graduate program through Auburn University Graduate School (GS). Students must meet three criteria to be admitted to a dual degree:
1. A personal statement in less than 500 words describing the applicants reasons to pursue the DVM
and graduate curriculum simultaneously and stating long-term career goals.
- The applicant must be evaluated by the Associate Dean for Research and/or the BMS Graduate
- Provide three letters of recommendation, one from the student’s major advisor.
Please see pages 13-14 of the Biomedical Sciences Handbook for more details.