Format: Online, In-Class

The coordinated Public Health/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program is offered through the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) and the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine (AUCVM). The addition of an MPH degree to the DVM can broaden career opportunities, providing a foundation for positions in research, government, and international health as well as private industry.

Students in this coordinated program earn an MPH with a concentration in Population Health. In this individualized concentration, students gain a solid foundation in public health through completion of the MPH core (based on the Evidence-based Public Health framework), an Applied Practice Experience (Internship), and an Integrative Learning Experience (Capstone). Students also select from among all master’s level Public Health courses (e.g., health economics, strategic planning, health policy) to build a unique curriculum that supports their career goals. Specialized advising is provided to assist students in designing their individualized curriculum.


Students may complete the MPH portion of this coordinated degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in-class experiences.

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 7 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours, in addition to the required DVM curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the DVM curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree, for a total of 42 MPH credit hours.

Online students pay less than the out-of-state tuition rate for the MPH portion of this coordinated degree.

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Students must be admitted to the AUCVM DVM program before being considered for the coordinated MPH/DVM program.

Students who enter the D.V.M. program without a BS/BA degree — meaning that the DVM will be their first degree — may apply to the coordinated program during their final semester of the DVM program. In this scenario, students could start the MPH program either in the summer or fall following graduation with the DVM; they would be allowed to count the 12 shared hours.

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and DVM programs. Upon acceptance to the AUCVM DVM program, students will be accepted automatically to the UAB MPH degree program.


For additional information concerning the coordinated MPH/DVM program, contact the School of Public Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..