The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.
Dual Degree Requirements
About the requirements
All students must satisfy the requirements for both the DVM and MPH program. The joint DVM/MPH program is a five-year program of study consisting of a combination of on-line and on-site courses and concluding with a research based Integrative Learning Experience project. Students in the program must satisfy the required four years of the professional veterinary medicine curriculum as well as a minimum of 42 semester hours of required and elective courses in Public Health toward the Master of Public Health degree program; including required School-wide core and division requirements of either Community Health Sciences or Epidemiology.
Veterinary Medicine students will ordinarily complete Years 1 through 3 of their veterinary medicine training at UIUC, while taking some public health courses on-line. DVM students will spend a minimum of two semesters (fall and spring) in residence at the UIC School of Public Health following their third year of veterinary medicine training. Students are encouraged to spend a summer in Chicago to complete their field experience and Integrative Learning Experience project in a public health- related setting. Students will return to UIUC to complete their fourth year clinical rotations.
Up to 12 semester hours of required MPH courses may be counted toward the free electives required of DVM students during their 4th year clinical rotations. Between 3-5 semester hours of credit for Applied Practice Experience and Integrative Learning Experience (1 hour) may apply to the DVM degree. No more than 25% of total credit hours required may be shared between the programs.