Degree Program Focuses On
Prevention & Management of Zoonotic Diseases
threat of a zoonotic outbreak is considered by many to be
a product of Hollywood. In reality, zoonotic diseases are
important to us all. Over the past 25 years, 38 new pathogens
have been identified, and 75% of these originated as animal
diseases. Avian influenza and mad cow disease (BSE) grab headlines,
and concerns related to Escherichia coli and salmonellosis
have never been higher. Veterinarians play a vital role in
maintaining the public health and the safety of the food supply.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has expanded this role
by helping to initiate a Masters of Public Health Program on
the MU campus.
Starting in the fall of 2007, MU students
will be able to pursue a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.
The MPH program allows students to focus on one the three
following domains: Health Policy and Administration, Health
Promotion and Disease Prevention, or Veterinary Public Health.
The Veterinary Public Health emphasis area
will be of particular importance to veterinarians and other
professionals engaged in livestock health and production.
Graduates with the MPH or the MPH in combination with a traditional
veterinary degree will be uniquely suited to manage the interface
of animal and human health.
Career prospects for veterinarians with
a Masters of Public Health degree are particularly bright.
The skills in epidemiology, population health management and
zoonotic disease will prepare veterinarians for government
service careers related to the control of diseases transmitted
from animals to people, research careers requiring knowledge
and experience related to experimental design and data analysis
and livestock production medicine.
Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Interim Director
of the Program states “The Masters of Public Health (MPH)
is the standard professional degree recognized throughout
the world for public health practice. Our students will be
well-qualified to tackle some of the most important challenges
facing Missouri in the coming years.”
For more information about the MPH program,
please contact Lise Saffran at SaffranL@health.missouri.edu or visit their web page here.
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