Veterinary Public Health

The Veterinary Public Health degree builds on the program of the USU School of Veterinary Medicine by offering specialized training in the emerging Public Health discipline of One Health. Learn to work with veterinarians, ecologists, and physicians to monitor and control public health threats by applying the core disciplines of public health and specialized knowledge of veterinary medicine. Learn how diseases spread among people, animals and the environment. USU provides unique resources for the Veterinary Public Health MPH program with the School of Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Extension programs, diagnostic laboratories, Institute for Antiviral Research, and strong academic programs in climate sciences, ecology, and natural resources.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to a graduate program, you must meet these minimum requirements.

  • Complete online application.
  • Pay the $55 application fee.
  • Provide transcripts for all college/university credits.
  • Include a statement of purpose in your online application.
  • 3.0 or higher GPA for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) credit hours
  • 3 letters of recommendation (at least two should come from faculty members).

MPH in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences requires either an undergraduate degree with a background in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, mathematics, statistics, and animal disease, or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college.

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42 credits are required for this online degree.

Required Courses Credits
ADVS 5000 - One Health: People, Animals, and the Environment 3
ADVS 6000 - Ecology and Health 3
ADVS 6010 - Applied Veterinary Epidemiology 2
NDFS 6240 - Program Planning and Evaluation in Public Health 3
ADVS 6100 - MPH Practicum (or ADVS 6970) 3
NDFS 6140 - Introduction to Public Health 3
ADVS 6830 - Communicating and Evaluating Public Health Information 3
ADVS 6840 - Epigenetics in Public Health 2
NDFS 6280 - Public Health Administration and Leadership 3
NDFS 6200 - Nutritional Epidemiology 3
NDFS 6550 - Public Health Policy and Advocacy 3
NDFS 6810 - Social Determinants of Health 3
ADVS 6900 - Special Problems 1-5
HEP 6120 - Foundations of Global Health 3
NDFS 6470 - Global Public Health 3
HEP 6450 - Research Methods in Population Health 3
HEP 6550 - Qualitative Methods for Public Health 3
HEP 6800 - Health Behavior 3
NDFS 6010 - Hunger Issues and Solutions 3
NDFS 6110 - Food Microbiology 3
NDFS 6210 - Advanced Public Health Nutrition 3
NDFS 6600 - Current topics in Obesity 3
NDFS 6800 - Counseling and Motivational Interviewing 3
SOC 4150 - Sociology of Health and Medicine 3


Veterinarians who receive an MPH degree can increase their ability to become board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and can seek out diverse positions in public health organizations, academia, and industry that offer opportunities for leadership roles, professional development, and higher pay and benefits.

These organizations include:

  • Local, state, and federal health and environmental agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health care organizations
  • Agricultural and food industries
  • International agricultural and development organizations

Potential positions for MPH graduates include:

  • Public health veterinarian
  • Veterinary epidemiologist
  • Animal food safety specialist
  • Wildlife public health specialist
  • Research and management positions in government, academia, and industry