MS VPHE / DVM Combination Program

About the Program

The combination program will lead to the concurrent completion of the existing Master of Science in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology (MS VPHE) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees in four years. Graduates of this program will be uniquely prepared to integrate knowledge from both the veterinary and public health disciplines and advance to careers in local, state, federal, and international public health agencies and academia.

Why pursue a MS VPHE / DVM?

Epidemiology students processing fecal samples to be cultured for Salmonella.

There is a critical need for well-trained personnel (DVM/MS VPHE) to tackle emerging infectious disease outbreaks now and in the future. Stressors to the health of humans, wild and domestic animals, and ecosystems are increasing in number and severity. These stressors include the growing human population, globalization, increased travel, energy use, and habitat destruction. The health issues that result include some of society‚Äôs biggest problems: the resurgence/emergence and rapid dissemination of infectious diseases, especially zoonoses; challenges for food production and safety; and concerns for biosecurity. Society is in need of professionals who can understand the ecological, environmental, and social determinants of health, and who can conduct research and apply management and mitigation strategies to improve health both at the individual and population levels. The MS VPHE program is designed to meet these challenges, with the veterinary and infectious disease emphasis setting it apart from other MPH programs. 

Why Texas A&M?

Texas A&M University is located in a prime location near the border of the United States and Mexico to study and train personnel on emerging infectious diseases and public health. The epidemiology and public health group is committed to training the next generation of scientists to tackle current and future public health issues and work towards One Health solutions.

Contact Information

Christine M. Budke, DVM, PhD
Professor and Associate Department Head
Director, MS VPHE / DVM Degree Program
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
4458 TAMU | College Station, TX 77843-4458
Tel: 979.458.2154 | Email: