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College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Programs

DVM-MPH Program & Admissions

Program information

  • The DVM-MPH dual degree program is a 5-year, concurrent Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degree program.
  • The MPH program will grant credit for the following DVM courses — Bacteriology/Mycology (IDIS 5130/5130L), Veterinary Virology (IDIS 5140/5140L) and Veterinary Parasitology (IDIS 5200/5200L) — not to exceed a total of 9 elective credit hours towards the MPH degree.

Program requirements

  • Students are required to enroll in the following courses: POPH 5180 (Public Health), POPH 5230 (Special Topics in Population Health-journal club), IDIS 5300 Veterinary Emergency Preparedness and Response) and IDIS/VBDI 5230S (Special Topics in Public Health, Community Engagement and Service Learning in Veterinary Medicine). Students must complete 6 weeks of a veterinary-public health related externship experience. See table below for semesters in which these courses apply.
  • Veterinary students must submit a Declaration of Intent form upon completion of sophomore year. Acceptance into the program will be conferred by the DVM/MPH dual degree advisory committee.
  • Students will fulfill the elective requirements of their chosen area of emphasis.
  • Students will complete the required weeks of experiential learning (rotations) for the DVM degree.
  • Students accepted into the program will complete Graduate School (degree code 817) and SOPHAS applications for admission to the MPH. Applications should be completed during the fall of Year 4.
  • DVM tuition will be required while enrolled in only DVM courses, MPH tuition will be required when MPH classes are taken. Dual degree stipends and MPH assistantships are competitive and are awarded based on application and interview.

Sequence

Year 1

Fall: (DVM)
  • Veterinary curriculum
Spring: (DVM)
  • Enroll in POPH 5180 and IDIS/VBDI 5230S electives
  • Enroll in area of emphasis electives
Summer: (DVM)
  • Encouraged to participate in Public Health related research or
  • Complete 6 weeks of experiential learning in Veterinary Public Health related externship

Year 2

Fall: (DVM)
  • POPH 5230 and IDIS 5300
Spring: (DVM)
  • POPH 5180 and IDIS/VBDI 5230S (if not previously taken)
  • Enroll in area of emphasis electives
Summer: (DVM)
  • Complete 6 weeks of experiential learning in Veterinary Public Health related externship if not completed the previous summer

Year 3

Fall: (DVM)
  • Enroll in area of emphasis electives
Spring: (DVM)
  • 7 weeks of DVM courses
  • Begin clinical rotations
Summer: (DVM)
  • Clinical rotations

Year 4

Fall: (DVM)
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Veterinary Board Exams
  • Complete Graduate School & SOPHAS applications for admission to MPH program
Spring: (MPH)
  • Start MPH courses
  • participate in DVM commencement exercises if desired
Summer: (MPH)
  • MPH internship (PBHL 7560)

Year 5

Fall: (MPH)
  • MPH courses
  • MPH CAPSTONE Project
  • Graduate School commencement
Spring: (DVM)
  • Clinical rotations continues
  • DVM degree awarded

For additional information about the program, contact Mary Hondalus at hondalus@uga.edu or Lisa Norris at vetgrad@uga.edu.

Admissions

You must fulfill the admission requirements listed here:

  1. Submit the DVM-MPH Declaration of Intent form and required materials no later than June 15 during Year 2 of the DVM curriculum to the Office of Graduate Affairs (CVM Suite 226) or vetgrad@uga.edu.
  2. After applications have been reviewed, selected applicants will interview with the DVM-MPH Advisory Committee.
  3. Receive formal acceptance from DVM-MPH Advisory Committee
  4. Submit formal application to the Graduate School during the Fall of Year 4
  5. Submit formal application to the College of Public Health during the Fall of Year 4

College of Public Health

Visit the UGA College of Public Health website for more information about the College and their programs. If you have additional questions regarding the DVM-MPH application process and program, please contact the Office of Graduate Affairs at vetgrad@uga.edu.

Contact:

Mary Hondalus
Associate Professor
DVM-MPH Dual Degree Coordinator
Director of Preclinical Academic Affairs
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Phone: 706.542.5778

Lisa Norris
Program Coordinator for MS-CBS, PhD-CBS, DVM-PhD, DVM-MPH
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 706.542.5733

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