Combined DVM-MPH Program

Make an impact as a veterinarian by improving the public's health and embarking on an exciting and meaningful career path with the new LSU 4-year DVM/MPH (Master of Public Health) Dual Degree Program. The new program integrates curricula in the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and the LSU School of Public Health to prepare veterinary students as excellent veterinary clinicians and public health officers who can improve public health through application of knowledge and skills from the five public health disciplines: (1) Behavioral and Community Health Sciences (BCHS); (2) Biostatistics (BIOS); (3) Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (ENHS); (4) Epidemiology (EPID); and (5) Health Policy and Systems Management (HPSM).

4-Year DVM/MPH Program students at LSU enjoy dynamic coursework, diverse field placements, and outstanding faculty from across the Health Sciences Center—providing them with advanced foundations in the disciplines of clinical veterinary medicine and public health—and allowing them to pursue individual interests while they develop critical skill sets for healthcare in the 21st century. The DVM/MPH program provides students with the analytical tools to define, evaluate, and solve emerging health and health care problems.


The mission of the DVM/MPH program combines the missions of the LSU SVM:

“The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is a dynamic community dedicated to saving and changing lives and finding cures through outstanding clinical and community service, ground-breaking scholarly research and educational excellence.”

and the LSU SPH:

“The mission of the LSUHSC School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health and well-being through education, research, and service with a focus on issues affecting Louisiana.”

and adheres to and supports the mission of One Health as espoused by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“Recognizing that human health (including mental health via the human-animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, One Health seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, public health officers, and other scientific health and environmental professionals by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals.”

Contact Information

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine

Academic Affairs


LSU HSC School of Public Health




DVM-MPH Dual Degree Program Details 

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