DVM/MPH Dual Degree Program

Our dual DVM/MPH degree offers many career opportunities for today’s growing demands for Veterinary Public Health experts. Earning a veterinary public health degree along with a DVM at SGU will increase a veterinary practitioner’s employment opportunities for positions in the public sector and private practice.

For the dual DVM/MPH degree-seeking students, the veterinary public health track accepts 11 credits from the pre-clinical DVM course sequence. Those courses are supplemented with 31 credits of public health courses, which includes a 1-credit veterinary public health track-required seminar series.

If you are interested in pursuing a veterinary public health degree, first you must be admitted to the DVM program and express interest our dual MPH program. When you have been acceptance into SGU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, the Office of Admission will send you an application for SGU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

 

The DVM/MPH program consist of the following 42 public health course credit hours:

Public Health Core Courses (27 credits)
PUBH 803 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
PUBH 804 Principles of Biostatistics 3 credits
PUBH 805 Health Policy and Management 3 credits
PUBH 806 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 807 Principles of Environmental Health 3 credits
PUBH 831 Concepts, Practice, and Leadership of Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 832 Public Health Research Methods and Ethics 3 credits
PUBH 893 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
PUBH 889 Practicum in Public Health 3 credits
Seminar Series (1 credit)
PUBH 855 Community Medicine Seminar Series 1 credit
Electives (must take 3 credits)
PUBH 808 Maternal and Child Health 3 credits
PUBH 812 Nutrition and Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 824 Preventing Mental Illness 3 credits
PUBH 825 Family Violence 3 credits
PUBH 826 Women and Health: A Sociolegal Perspective 3 credits
PUBH 845 Veterinary Application to Public Health 3 credits
PUBH 853 Pulic Health Surveillance 3 credits
PUBH 881 Independent Study 3 credits
DVM coursework (11 credits):
ANPH 514 Animal Welfare Behavior 1 credit
PTHB  503 Bacteriology/Mycology 4 credits
PTHB  505 Parasitology   4 credits
PTHB  510 Veterinary Public Health 2 credits

 

Based on these DVM/MPH courses, students will gain the following competencies:

  • Identify and evaluate microbial and non-microbial hazards of animal origin to human health.
    • Microbial hazards such as: zoonotic diseases; animal-associated food borne diseases; potential bio-agro terrorism agents, foreign animal disease.
    • Non-microbial hazards such as: animal-related injuries (dog bites); animal-related environmental and occupational problems such as animal waste pollution.
  • Identify and effectively work with community and governmental resources appropriate for addressing animal-associated human health risks.
  • Apply appropriate epidemiologic methods for the investigation and surveillance of animal-associated public health problems.
  • Identify and facilitate the implementation of appropriate prevention and control strategies for animal-associated human health risks.
  • Identify cultural attitudes and behaviors towards animals and disease to be considered in risk prevention and control.
  • Effectively communicate (orally and in writing) and work with human health care providers (physicians, nurses, health educators, environmental health workers, etc.), other public health stakeholders, veterinary sciences providers and consumer groups on policy and program planning and implementation on animal-related human health issues.

 

Program Outline
DVM/MPH class schedules are synchronized with the School of Medicine to permit dual degree students to complete the degrees within a reasonable timeframe.

DVM students who enter during the August term complete Term 1 of the MPH program and begin the veterinary medical program in January. They then continue the MPH program in the summer and resume their DVM Term 2 coursework in the fall together with three MPH credits. Following this, they will complete the remainder of their veterinary medical coursework with the practicum occurring at a later date.

DVM students who enter during the January term complete Terms 1 and 2 of the MPH program during the spring and summer terms respectively, and begin their veterinary medical program in the fall of that year. In the spring of the following year, they will complete DVM Term 2 coursework, followed by three MPH credits together with the DVM Term 3 courses in the fall term. Students will continue with their veterinary medical program, with the practicum occurring at a later date.

AUGUST ENTRANTS
TERM DVM COURSES MPH COURSES
Term 1 (Fall)   PUBH 803 (3 credits)
PUBH 804 (3 credits)
PUBH 805 (3 credits)
PUBH 807 (3 credits)
PUBH 831 (3 credits)
Term 2 (Spring) DVM Term 1 (21 credits)  
Term 3 (Summer)   PUBH 806 (3 credits)
PUBH 832 (3 credits)
PUBH 855 (1 credit)
Elective (3 credits)
Term 4 (Fall) DVM Term 2 (20 credits) PUBH 893 (3 credits)
Term 5 (Spring) DVM Term 3 (21 credits)  
Term 6 (Fall) DVM Term 4 (20 credits)  
Term 7 (Spring) DVM Term 5 (22 credits)  
Term 8 (Summer)   PUBH 889 (3 credits)
Term 9 (Fall) DVM Term 6 (21 credits)  
TOTAL DVM CREDITS: 125
TOTAL DVM CREDITS TOWARD MPH: 11

TOTAL MPH CREDITS: 31

 

JANUARY ENTRANTS
TERM DVM COURSES MPH COURSES
Term 1 (Spring)   PUBH 803 (3 credits)
PUBH 804 (3 credits)
PUBH 805 (3 credits)
PUBH 807 (3 credits)
PUBH 831 (3 credits)
Term 2 (Summer)   PUBH 806 (3 credits)
PUBH 832 (3 credits)
PUBH 855 (1 credit)
Elective (3 credits)
Term 3 (Fall) DVM Term 1 (21 credits)  
Term 4 (Spring) DVM Term 2 (20 credits)  
Term 5 (Fall) DVM Term 3 (21 credits) PUBH 893 (3 credits)
Term 6 (Spring) DVM Term 4 (20 credits)  
Term 7 (Summer)   PUBH 889 (3 credits)
Term 8 (Fall) DVM Term 5 (22 credits)  
Term 9 (Spring) DVM Term 6 (21 credits)  
TOTAL DVM CREDITS: 125
TOTAL DVM CREDITS TOWARD MPH: 11

TOTAL MPH CREDITS: 31

 

Calendar is subject to change.

 

Updated 8/29/14

 

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