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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a growing threat of vector-borne disease cases in the United States and a limited capacity to respond. Local and state health departments and vector control organizations are facing increasing demands to respond to these threats. One of the most important strategies for doing so is surveillance — standardized trapping, species identification, testing for pathogens, and data interpretation.
This $399 course will help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs.
Discount available for regional vector control association members – contact us!
Laura Harrington, PhD, Professor of Entomology;
Sarah Michaels, PhD MSPH
Benefits to the Learner
Develop an understanding of the sampling, testing, and data-interpretation strategies that make for an effective surveillance program
Consider how to build such a program that targets the mosquitoes, ticks, and vector-borne disease risks of your local area
Practice creating a public-health communication campaign that successfully conveys prevention and control information to your regional audience
Public Health and Vector Control staff
Environmental Health Professional
Anyone in a new or planned role who is responsible for protecting the public from vector borne diseases