*This Public Health Institute course will be online via Zoom and Canvas and will not be meeting in-person.

Scott Wells, DVM, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota 

This course will explore surveillance issues related to zoonotic pathogens in animals, using a case-study approach focused on selected zoonotic pathogens and hazards of cattle. Students will learn concepts related to animal disease traceability, monitoring and surveillance of diseases, and methods to prevent and control zoonotic diseases from a one health perspective. The case study approach, with a field trip, will provide real-world examples for evaluating public health surveillance systems and will provide opportunities to apply surveillance principles learned. A final group assignment to address specific issues related to surveillance and control/prevention for zoonotic pathogens will provide the opportunity to assess learning gained.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7235-101 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI.


At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the basics of infectious disease investigation.
  2. Gain understanding of methods to develop and evaluate animal health surveillance systems, including deepening understanding of the complexities of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control when the disease affects both humans and animals.


The core competencies in Public Health Preparedness and Response identified in the CDC planning model that apply to this course include:

Domain 1: Model Leadership

  • 1.4 Maintain situational awareness

Domain 2: Communicate and Manage Information

  • 2.4 Collect data according to protocol

The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course include:

Analytic/Assessment Skills:  Tier 2

  • 1.10 Interprets quantitative and qualitative data

Public Health Sciences Skills:  Tier 2

  • 6.3 Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Contact & Questions

Email phi@umn.edu.

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Surveillance of Zoonotic Pathogens in Animals
T, W, Th
1:00PM to 5:00PM
May 28, 2024 to May 30, 2024
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
Online, instructor led
1:00PM to 4:00PM
May 31, 2024
Twin Cities (US Central Time)
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Instructor Led Online  
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Full Pay $595.00
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