VMPM 486 - Public Health Rotation

The public health rotation is designed for professional veterinary students in their senior year. This two week course explores various contemporary public health issues related to the veterinary profession, and global public health in general, through discussions, lectures, field-trips, student presentations, and multi-media venues. Veterinarians have extensive training and expertise that directly relates to the protection of human and animal health alike. Clients, human healthcare professionals, civic organizations, schools, neighbors and others will look to them for professional assistance on specific public health matters, and the veterinarians, in turn, should provide sound, scientific advice and recommendations. This course helps the new veterinarian fulfill his/her obligation in the protection of public health and become part of the solution. Topics generally covered in this course are: zoonoses education for clients and staff, liability and zoonoses, current events in public health, HIV/AIDS and the practitioner, malaria, food safety, travel health, rabies, milk safety, water quality, career opportunities, and others.

Watch the Quicktime movie about the rotation here.
Here is a handout about the rotation.

VMPM 388 - Public Health

This three credit course for second year veterinary students emphasizes the importance of the veterinary profession in promoting and enhancing the health of humans through the application and knowledge of epidemiology, zoonoses, environmental and occupational health, food safety and hygiene, and various other public health disciplines

VMPM 491 - CDC Epidemiology Elective

The Epidemiology Elective for Senior Veterinary Students at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This elective provides an introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology within the working atmosphere of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Students are assigned to a branch and department and work closely with CDC scientific staff and “disease detectives” on current public health problems. Students may also take part in outbreak investigations away from their assigned “home base.” Students will work on a project of public health significance while at the CDC and submit a report of their project/activities upon completion, in addition to meeting with the instructor for a debriefing upon their return. More information.

MPH O774 - Infections of Humans & Animals

A 100% distance learning course designed and taught for Des Moines University, Public Health Program. This course is intended to educate students on diseases that are shared between humans and animals. Lectures will focus on the intersection of human-animal health, infectious disease epidemiology, routes of infection, signs, control and prevention, emergence of new diseases, and the role of public health in managing these issues. Some diseases will be covered in-depth while others will be addressed in overview Topics include: emerging diseases, anthrax, petting zoos, HIV/AIDS, plague, food and milk safety, leptospirosis, influenza, and more. The concept of One Health will be a common theme of this course.