DVM/MPH

"The new public health agenda recognizes the intersection of human health, animal health and the environment.  With a dual DVM/MPH degree, students are able move across governmental, research, international health, academic and private industry sectors. They have a unique perspective in the world of health."  Jo Lindemann, DVM, MPH


What would my course of study look like if I pursue a combined DVM/MPH degree?
The DVM/MPH public health curriculum is tightly integrated with veterinary course work so that students complete both degrees in four years.  Students take a selected group of core and required courses with either the MD/MPH or the stand-alone MPH students.   In their first two years DVM/MPH students take public health core knowledge and required courses in place of the weekly, pre-clinical field or research electives taken by their fellow veterinary students.  Special four-week blocks of time are reserved for elective courses in the spring of the third and fourth years; alternatively, students may take, throughout the year, public health electives designed specifically for them on the Grafton campus.   In addition, students participate in an eight-week summer field experience during the summer between their first and second years, and an in-depth practicum in public health, the Applied Learning Experience (ALE).

What are the career opportunities available with a DVM/MPH?
There are three broad categories where Tufts DVM students use their MPH training and degree.  They are:

  • In the intersection between human health and animal health.  For example, one graduate works with an organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity and studies viruses and other diseases that have emerged within Asia and Africa.
  • As health professionals (often leaders) in the human public health infrastructure.  Another DVM/MPH graduate leads the study of zoonotic diseases for the Boston Public Health Commission.
  • As population health veterinarians, using the skills learned in reference to human health but utilized in the context of animal population health. 

What courses will I need to take?
As for all MPH students, those pursuing the DVM/MPH must complete courses in the five core knowledge areas as well as a research methods course, one course on health care budgeting and management and the Applied Learning Experience.  During their first three years students participate with the MD/MPH students in a monthly, small group seminar—Integration of Public Health—designed to help integrate what they are learning over time in the MPH curriculum with their clinical training.  Along with the MD students, DVM/MPH students are introduced to the One Health concept, an approach to integrating medical and veterinary perspectives.

What are the MPH tuition costs for the DVM/MPH degree?
The cost of the MPH program is significantly reduced for Tufts veterinary students. The 2016-2017 MPH tuition is a flat rate of $7,006 for the year.
 

How do I apply?
Applicants must apply separately to the DVM and MPH programs and meet the respective admission criteria of each.  DVM applicants receive information and an application for the MPH program in January, once they have been selected for an interview for admission to the DVM Program.  The MPH application for admission must be submitted by March 1 to the Office of Admissions at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  Approximately six students are admitted each year to the DVM/MPH program. Applicants are notified of admission to the program by early April.

How can I get more information?
For program information contact Kate Beckett at kate.beckett@tufts.edu, 508-887-4376.  For admissions information visit:  DVM/MPH Admissions