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About 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 (https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/). 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.

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.
  • GRE scores in the 40th percentile or better on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing tests.
    • Waived for DVMs
  • 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.

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

Students who complete a MPH degree in Health Education and Promotion can seek out diverse positions in public health organizations that offer opportunities for leadership roles, professional development, and higher pay and benefits.

These organizations include:

  • Local, state, and federal health agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Health care organizations
  • Utah Department of Workforce Services
  • Community social service organizations
  • International health programs and aid agencies

Potential positions for MPH graduates include:

  • Epidemiologist/Statistician
  • Disaster and emergency specialist
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Public health educator
  • Public health nurse
  • Medical social worker

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Program Contact

Emma Jane Kelly
Emma Jane Kelly
jane.kelly@usu.edu

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