Veterinary Public Health Competencies
As a VPH student in the online Master of Public Health program, you will cultivate a set of skills and capabilities necessary to assess and understand the link between animal, human, and environmental health. Our UT veterinary public health students develop the following competencies:
- Assess health related benefits and/or risks to individuals and communities associated with zoonotic or emerging diseases, the human-animal bond, foodborne illness and/or injuries associated with animals.
- Communicate health benefits and/or risks to individuals and communities associated with zoonotic or emerging diseases, the human-animal bond, foodborne illness and/or injuries associated with animals.
- Apply techniques of surveillance, recognition, prevention, control and/or management of infectious diseases, including zoonotic or emerging diseases, food borne illnesses, and/or potential bio- or agroterrorism agents.
- Evaluate programs and/or policy that aim to improve human health by fostering the human-animal bond or by reducing foodborne illness, zoonotic or emerging diseases, or hazards associated with animals.
- Describe the role of the federal government in ensuring the safety of foods of animal origin.
CEM 506 One Health
Online course that will address the link between human, animal, and environmental health. Each online module focuses on some aspect of “One Health” and may include topics such as emergency preparedness, zoonotic diseases, antibiotic resistance and food safety, responsible pet ownership and the human-animal bond, and the effects of climate on disease prevalence. Methods of intervention and problem solving such as research design, program evaluation, community education, and policy analysis are also incorporated.
CEM 507 Epidemiology of Vector-Borne, Bacterial, and Viral Zoonotic Diseases
Emphasis is placed on understanding the host, agent, and environmental factors that determine the distribution of selected diseases of importance to both human and animal populations. Selected topics include vector-borne zoonoses, rabies, brucellosis, and psittacosis. This is an online course. Recommended Background: Public health, veterinary medicine, nursing courses, or students in these programs.
CEM 508 Epidemiology of Parasitic, Food-borne, and Bacterial Zoonotic Diseases
Emphasis is placed on understanding the host, agent, and environmental factors that determine the distribution of diseases of importance to both human and animal populations. Selected topics include anthrax and leptospirosis, in addition to parasitic and food-borne zoonoses. This is an online course.
PUBH 587 Applied Practice Experience
Applied Practice Experience in an approved organization under supervision of a designated preceptor. Students must complete a total of 6 credit hours.
CEM 611 Journal Club in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Readings and discussions based on current literature.
Meet Major Todd French, a former UT MPH and Veterinary Public Health Student
MAJ Todd French, DVM
Veterinary Public Health
Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT)
As part of his Applied Practice Experience, Todd worked to develop and adapt process design to increase community outreach for Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT). To learn more about HABIT, visit: habit.utk.edu
Todd’s major projects included:
- Developing the HABIT Student and HABIT Pro programs to fully integrate vital community stakeholders into HABIT.
- Redesigning the HABIT Pet Team evaluation process to better represent program needs and achieve updated program goals.
- Restructuring HABIT’s online, multimedia, and digital presence to improve organizational efficiency and outreach.