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VMD-MPH Program

The VMD/MPH is a flexible dual degree program that trains students in both veterinary medicine and public health. The addition of an MPH adds to veterinarian training by:

  • Strengthening epidemiology and biostatistics training, as well as methodological practices for doing public health
  • Introducing human healthcare systems and public health laws and ethics
  • Educating about environmental health at the ambient, occupational, and global spheres
  • Providing an understanding for the theories and framework necessary for designing interventions and educational campaigns

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Broadening Your Professional Options

The additional training from the dual VMD/MPH will helps when considering jobs in:

  • Government
    • State Departments of Public Health
  • Uniformed Service
    • Army Veterinary Corps, Air Force Health Officer, Public Health Corps
  • International Public Health Organizations
    • WHO, Veterinarians without Borders
  • Private Industry
    • Pharmaceutical and vaccine companies
  • Academia
    • Research, Clinical, Teaching


The CEPH-accredited MPH curriculum focuses on the five core knowledge areas of public health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental/Occupational Health
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Health Care Policy and Management

The program offers electives and internship experiences in line with the student's interest. Students also complete a culminating Capstone experience that results in a mentored research or mentored project in public health.

Program Strengths

One of the strengths of Penn’s MPH program is its interdisciplinary nature. VMD/MPH students will be taking public health courses with students from other schools at Penn, including

  • Medicine
  • Dental Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Social Policy and Practice


The VMD/MPH dual degree is designed to be completed in five years, with students completing the bulk of their coursework AFTER completing their VMD. Students could also take longer to complete the degree if they chose to study as part-time public health students following their VMD degree. 

Students are encouraged to apply for the VMD/MPH degree in their first year so that they can start to plan for coursework and public health fieldwork experiences, but applications can be considered in later years.