This year marked the fourth annual Certificate Program in Emerging Infectious Disease Research (CEIDR) for the Department of Environmental and Global Health. Each year, the Certificate Program provides specialized graduate level education to nominated international, public health professionals in the area of emerging infectious disease research. Participants spend two and a half weeks of intensive training at the University of Florida studying topics such as epidemiology, biostatistics, zoonotic diseases, entomology, microbiology, water quality, and food safety. Students of 2011 CEIDR Program received sponsorship from the US Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the US Department of State.
The thirty-five international students who took part in this year’s program came from fifteen different countries: Cambodia, Cameroon, Egypt, Georgia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Thailand, and Uganda. The Certificate Program provides students with advanced training, which is often unavailable in their home countries. In addition to classroom-based learning, students enjoy several educational trips to witness modern food production and learn entomological techniques.
After another successful end to classes in Gainesville, the students returned to their home countries to continue their studies online. The Department looks forward to ongoing research and future collaborations with a tremendous group of public health and veterinary professionals!
2011 CEIDR Program Photos