Columbus, OH – The College of Veterinary Medicine partners with the College of Public Health to offer the country's only Veterinary Public Health specialization towards the Master of Public Health degree. With the realization that nearly 70 percent of emerging diseases are likely to be zoonotic, the MPH-VPH degree was developed to prepare public health professionals to better protect the communities they serve. The program is open to veterinarians, as well as other professionals, including students with science backgrounds interested in public health.

In addition to specialized instruction in the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, students in the program receive training in food safety, biosecurity, and environmental health. Applications are currently being accepted for the autumn quarter 2011 class. The deadline for completed applications is May 31, 2011. For more information about the program or the application process, visit the Veterinary Public Health Program web site or contact the VPH Director, Dr. Armando E. Hoet.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

Ranked fifth in the nation among veterinary schools, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has led the veterinary profession for more than 125 years, offering cutting-edge expertise in animal care, research, teaching, and community involvement. The Veterinary Medical Center serves 35,000 animal patients per year. Known for advancements in total hip replacement in canines and the first feline leukemia vaccine, current research efforts include the Center for Retrovirus Research, the Comparative Pathology and Mouse Phenotyping Shared Service, as well as participation in Ohio State’s interdisciplinary Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases program. International partnerships include a recently signed memorandum of understanding with the International Livestock Research Institute ( In addition to the DVM program, 100 students are currently enrolled in a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine; and 55 students are enrolled in our Veterinary Public Health program, a partnership with the College of Public Health. Ohio State is one of only two veterinary schools in the country that reside on a campus with a comprehensive medical center offering all of the allied health fields.