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Nov. 30, 2006

UI To Offer Distance-Learning M.P.H. Program For Veterinarians

The University of Iowa College of Public Health, in collaboration with the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will offer a distance-learning Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program for practicing veterinarians beginning June 2007. The majority of courses will be available completely at-a-distance and may be taken at the learner's convenience.

"Course availability at-a-distance is critical for many veterinarians who are unable to leave their practice location for extended time periods," said Mary L. Aquilino, Ph.D., assistant dean and director of the UI Master of Public Health program. "The combination of summer on-campus institutes and Web-based instruction offers a practical blend of on-campus and distance-learning opportunities."

The program was developed in response to recent national and world events calling for public health preparedness in areas where public health and veterinary medicine overlap, including zoonotic diseases, food security and foodborne diseases, bioterrorism, and environmental health. An Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges task force has identified an urgent need for veterinarians trained in public health. The distance-learning M.P.H. will play a crucial role in meeting this need.

"This distance-learning M.P.H. program provides practicing veterinarians with an excellent opportunity to contribute to the national need for more public practice veterinarians," said James A. Roth, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and executive director of the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. "It will also appeal to practicing veterinarians who are looking for a career change or want to become board certified in veterinary preventive medicine."

Veterinarians with an M.P.H. degree can look forward to employment opportunities in local, state and federal health, agricultural and environmental agencies, colleges and universities, the private sector food industry, the military, and international public health organizations.

"This new postgraduate degree is offered in addition to the combined D.V.M./M.P.H. degree currently available to students enrolled in veterinary medicine at ISU," Aquilino said.

A degree in veterinary medicine from an accredited U.S. college of veterinary medicine is a prerequisite for the program. Students will be enrolled in the UI College of Public Health. Selected faculty from the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine will provide instruction as adjunct faculty of the UI.

For more information about the distance-learning M.P.H. program, contact Aquilino at 319-384-5396 in Iowa City, or Danelle Bickett-Weddle, D.V.M., at 515-294-1492 in Ames.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242

CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,