Continuing Education

Veterinary Public Health 2020 – A Meeting of the DVM/MPH Directors

Office of Public Engagement

3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, MC-002
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
P: (217) 333-2907
F: (217) 333-4628

Lawrence D. Firkins, DVM, MS, MBA Associate Dean for Public Engagement

July 14-16, 2020 – Virtual Event

Course Director

Dr. Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Director, DVM/MPH Joint Degree Program
University of Illinois

  • Over the last 20 years, the number of joint or dual degree programs affording veterinary medical students the opportunity to also receive their master’s in public health has grown dramatically. With over 20 veterinary schools now offering this option, the University of Illinois would like to host all the leaders of these programs and related stakeholders to move the profession of veterinary public health forward together.

    Building on previous efforts, the symposium at University of Illinois aims to look at foundational knowledge and best practices in veterinary public health education; DVM/MPH graduate outcomes and careers; and future directions and current gaps in training. As a working symposium, we expect dialogue, brainstorming, and engagement throughout the two-day meeting. The agenda reflects this expectation with plenty of opportunities for small and large group idea exchange.

    Expected Outcomes

    • Framework of foundational knowledge and competencies in veterinary public health
    • Understanding of graduate outcomes across the United States
    • Variety of careers those graduates are employed in
    • Ideas for each program director to take back to improve their veterinary public health training
    • Guidelines started for improving career success and filling employment gaps for students
    • Tangible next steps as a collective to build on this symposium including the next meeting date (to be no less than 2 years from this meeting)

    Continuing Education

    Veterinarians who attend the entire event will be able to earn 12 hours of CE for this event. Participants will receive continuing education verification at the end of the event. No partial CE will be awarded.

  • *Please note all times are listed in central time.

    Tuesday, July 14

    Section 1: Foundational Knowledge, Best Practices, and Courses

    9:00 am – 9:15 am Introductions, Breakout Group Assignments, and Purpose
    9:15 am – 9:30 am Foundational Knowledge and Competencies
    9:30 am – 10:30 am Breakout Groups: Competencies
    10:30 am – 11:00 am Large Group: Competencies
    11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
    11:15 am – 11:45 am Unique Courses and Distance Learning
    11:45 am – 12:30 pm Breakout Group: Course Offerings and Approaches
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
    1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Large Group: Course Offerings and Database
    2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Extracurricular Experiences
    2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Large Group: Extracurricular experiences

    Wednesday, July 15

    Section 2: Graduate Outcomes and Careers

    9:00 am – 9:10 am New Breakout Group Assignments
    9:10 am – 9:40 am Graduate Outcomes and Evolution of MPH Programs
    9:40 am – 10:40 am Breakout Groups: Graduate Outcomes and Aspects that Improved MPH Programs
    10:40 am – 11:00 am Break
    11:00 am – 11:30 am Large Group: How to Improve Graduate Outcomes
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm Panel: Job Placement and Public Practice Sector Gaps
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Breakout Groups: Strategies to Improve Job Placement and Fill Gaps
    2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Large Group: Job Placement and Potential Strategies Into the Future

    Thursday, July 16

    Section 3: Future Directions and Current Gaps in Training

    9:00 am – 9:10 am New Breakout Group Assignments
    9:10 am – 9:25 am Reflection from ACVPM
    9:25 am – 10:00 am Environmental Health and Global Health
    10:00 am – 11:00 am Breakout Groups: Future Directions and Possible Areas for Training
    11:00 am – 11:30 am Large Group: List of Future Directions and Training
    11:30 am – 12:15 pm Large Group: Outstanding Items
  • Register Now

    Participants must pre-register for the event by Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Please note that registrants will need the event password from the invitation in order to register.

    Cancellation Policy

    Written cancellation should be sent to by the registration deadline. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, the University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

Questions, email the Office of Public Engagement at  or call 217-333-2907.