Zoonosis, Preparedness and Public Health

Infectious Disease & Immunization
Online Course
3 hours
University at Albany, SUNY
New York-New Jersey PERLC
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiologic Investigation

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Zoonoses, diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, are of increasing concern to public health. Of the infectious organisms known to be pathogenic to humans, approximately 60% are zoonotic. Of the recent emerging and re-emerging pathogens, 75% have originated from animals. These include diseases such as SARS, West Nile Virus, Monkeypox and Avian Influenza. This course uses real-life case studies to illustrate zoonotic disease basics and epidemiology, modes of transmission, factors related to emergence, and the components of public health response (surveillance, investigation, prevention and control)

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define a zoonotic disease
  • Name six zoonotic diseases and describe why each is considered zoonotic
  • Describe the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases
  • Identify factors that promote the transmission of zoonotic diseases
  • Identify factors that contribute to zoonotic disease emergence
  • Describe the goals of surveillance related to zoonotic diseases
  • Describe the criteria for reporting a zoonotic disease
  • Identify the steps in a zoonotic disease outbreak investigation
  • List measures to prevent and control zoonotic diseases
  • Identify zoonotic disease response partners and their roles
PHEP Capabilities: 
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Responder Safety and Health