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

Joni Scheftel, DVM, MPH, DACVPM,
State Public Health Veterinarian and Supervisor, Zoonotic Diseases Unit,
Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN;
Adjunct faculty, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Using a case-study approach focused on Q fever with a field trip to a sheep farm, this course will explore surveillance issues related to zoonotic pathogens in animals.  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 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 addressing specific issues related to surveillance and control for a zoonotic pathogen will provide the opportunity to assess learning gained.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7235-101 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.

For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute


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

  1. Summarize the complexities of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control when the disease affects both humans and animals.
  2. Describe the basics of infectious disease investigation.
  3. Explain the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Advanced Competency in the area of Management of Contagious Disease, which are the minimum knowledge, skills, attitudes and aptitudes required for a veterinarian to work within the Veterinary Authority.  This includes having a general awareness of and appreciation for:
  • Animal disease traceability
  • Monitoring and surveillance of diseases
  • Methods to prevent and control diseases, including control of movements of animals, animal products, equipment, and people; quarantine of infected and at-risk premises/areas; humane removal of infected or exposed animals; disposal of infected carcasses in an appropriate manner; disinfection or destruction of contaminated materials; and zoning and compartmentalization.


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 Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) 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. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach 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

Meghan Taylor: 612-626-8434; tayl0427@umn.edu



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Surveillance of Zoonotic Pathogens in Animals
9:00AM to 12:00PM
May 28, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
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8:00AM to 12:00PM
May 29, 2019 to May 31, 2019
Twin Cities
Blegen Hall
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Full Pay non-credit $595.00
Drop Request Deadline
May 21, 2019
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May 21, 2019
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