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VPHPM Residency Projects

Residents of the veterinary public health and preventive medicine (VPHPM) program are assigned to an array of teaching, research and service projects that are intended to provide a variety of public health practice learning opportunities. Projects range from local to international in scope and involve partnerships with government, corporate enterprises, and University stakeholders. Integration and application of basic science, epidemiology, and population medicine are used to affect policy and educate the public about public health, preventive medicine, animal health, and food safety issues. Assignments are based on a resident's interests as well as the residency program's needs. Residents do not focus exclusively on a single project for any sustained period of time. Rather, residents have a variety of responsibilities spanning multiple species and projects in order to gain a breadth of public health practice experience.

Projects that VPHPM residents work on can include applied epidemiological studies, public health surveillance, policy contributions, educational and outreach activities, and data analysis.

Supporters of VPHPM residency-associated project work have included:

  • American Egg Board
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA - APHIS)
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (USDA - CEAH)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership
  • Health Food-Healthy Lives, a University of Minnesota Presidential Initiative
  • Minnesota Beef Council
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
  • National Center for Food Protection and Defense
  • National Veterinary Medial Association
  • National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense
  • National Veterinary Stockpile Program
  • OIE (World Organization for Animal Health)
  • United States Animal Health Association
  • University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation  
Project Collaboration

The University of Minnesota VPHPM Residency Model provides a unique opportunity to add value for partnering organizations. Collaborative projects provide additional resources to address area of need or emerging needs, flexibility to adapt, and the additional value of UMN CAHFS faculty that oversse VPHPM residents. Contact Sarah Summerbell, the residency coordinator for more information about collaboration and project opportunities with VPHPM residents.   







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