233 Population Health, Spring 2007

233 Population Health, Spring 2007 course is designed to challenge and encourage you, as veterinary students, to explore the relationships between population health and public health, animal health and human health, and clinical and population-based health practice. In general, we will confine our discussions in this course to veterinary public health in the United States except when it easier to illustrate a point or concept using an example from elsewhere.We veterinarians do not typically speak the language of public health. To that end, I've integrated two frameworks into the course this year. The first is the Ten Essential Public Health Services (EPHS), the framework that currently defines what public health does in the United States. The second is the model Public Health/Preventive Medicine Curriculum of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM), prepared by Dr. Vicky Fogelman for the AVMA. That curriculum comprises six broad topics - food safety, zoonoses, foreign animal diseases, environmental health, community health, and epidemiology and biostatistics. Each course topic includes one EPHS and related sections of the ACVPM. I've chosen to illustrate each course topic using examples relevant to the practice of veterinary medicine, and these examples range from E. coli 0157:H7 prevention and control to Hurricane Katrina's aftermath to the development of administrative policies and laws to the delivery of rabies vaccinations in the US and less industrialized countries. 233 Population Health, Spring 2007 course makes generous use of references that are in the public domain, often on government websites. Other internal references will also be used.

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