A flexible approach to training veterinarians in public health: An overview and early assessment of the DVM/MPH dual-degree program at the University of Minnesota

Larissa A Minicucci, Kate A. Hanson, Debra K. Olson, William D. Hueston

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As a result of the growing need for public-health veterinarians, novel educational programs are essential to train future public-health professionals. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health, in collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, initiated a dual DVM/MPH program in 2002. This program provides flexibility by combining distance learning and on-campus courses offered through a summer public-health institute. MPH requirements are completed through core courses, elective courses in a focus area, and an MPH project and field experience. Currently, more than 100 students representing 13 veterinary schools are enrolled in the program. The majority of initial program graduates have pursued public-practice careers upon completion of the program. Strengths of the Minnesota program design include accessibility and an environment to support multidisciplinary training. Continued assessment of program graduates will allow for evaluation and adjustment of the program in the coming years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Distance education
  • Dual-degree program
  • Veterinary public health

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