Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Disease Response in Human and Animal Systems - Certificate

The Department of Entomology offers a certificate in Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Disease Response in Human and Animal Systems.

It is designed to provide a concentration of subject-matter focusing on arthropod vectors of disease pathogens of humans, livestock, wildlife and companion animals. Course concentration includes survey of vectors and vector biology, surveillance, epidemiology, emergency response, preparedness and management. This program will be administered by the Department of Entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The certificate will bridge with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the Bush School of Government and Public Service. This subject-matter concentration is designed to prepare students with competitive advantages for employment opportunities where planning, preparation and response to outbreaks of vector-borne diseases are advantageous. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recognized there are long-term shortages of specialists and practitioners with knowledge and skills to respond to the complexities of vector-borne diseases critical to the needs for community, county, state, and national responses. Mosquito, tick, and other arthropod-borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, Chagas, and Lyme Disease, are among many examples of vector-borne maladies with impacts on humans, companion animals, livestock and wildlife. Global trade and travel continue to pose additional risks for introductions of exotic vectors and vector-borne pathogens. The concentration of course work offered through this academic certificate is intended to prepare graduate students to manage and respond to outbreaks of vector-borne diseases as future professionals in many disciplines. 

Employment opportunities in the public health sector include environmental health service agencies at municipal, county, and state levels, mosquito control districts, the CDC, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the World Health Organization, and the Pan American Health Organization. Students completing this certificate will be able to identify the various interest groups and interact with the range of participants in solving issues associated with a vector-borne disease outbreak.

Eligibility Requirements for Certificate Entrance: Successful completion of ENTO 618.