UAB partners with Auburn University to offer dual-degree option

The Master of Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine dual-degree program aims to equip veterinary professionals with a public health perspective.
Veterinarians with dogStudents enrolled in the dual degree program DVM/MPH will be able to better serve their community by addressing current and emerging health issues.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health has partnered with the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Research and Graduate Studies to offer distance learning courses online for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students considering a dual degree in veterinary medicine and public health.

“The dual degree broadens veterinary medicine graduates’ career opportunities, as well as their perspectives concerning both human and animal population health,” said Max Michael, M.D., professor and dean of UAB’s School of Public Health. “In today’s world, where humans and animals live closely together in both urban and rural environments, DVM/MPH students will better be able to address the present and emerging health issues. The DVM/MPH provides a broader view of the health of society and the world than either degree provides separately.”

Auburn DVM students who chose to pursue their MPH at UAB may choose a focus in one of five options, including Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Care Organization and Policy, or a general MPH. MPH- focused courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

Students must complete the MPH core curriculum and 10 credit hours of MPH-focused courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required DVM curriculum in order to complete the dual degree. Twelve credit hours from the DVM curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

UAB’s dual-degree program allows students to complete the MPH degree completely online, in class, or through a mix of online and in-class experiences. Out-of-state distance learning students will pay the same in-state tuition rate as Alabama residents.

This dual-degree program is designed to be available for completion online within the same four years as a DVM degree. Distance classes are offered during all academic sessions so students can proceed at their own pace.

Admission information and program details for UAB’s School of Public Health are available at For more information about AUCVM’s dual-degree programs, visit