Areas of Emphasis

The Food Safety and Biosecurity emphasis prepares graduates to recognize, evaluate, and control food-borne agents and toxins. Additional courses emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of food biosecurity and defense research, education and training to the vitality of our community.

The Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses emphasis prepares graduates to be leaders for zoonoses protection programs, investigation of new and emerging infectious diseases, strengthening the public’s ability to respond to bioterrorism and biosecurity emergencies, and coordinating rapid response activities among government, agriculture industries, non-profit organizations and academia.

The Public Health Nutrition emphasis focuses on the study of the interaction between nutrition and health and the application of sound nutritional principles to promoting healthy eating. Curriculum topics include: nutritional epidemiology, nutrition and physical activity, and the communication of nutrition messages to at-risk populations.

The Public Health Physical Activity emphasis prepares graduates for experimental, clinical, and epidemiological theory and research addressing the public health issues or promoting physical activity. The curriculum examines the social factors and psychological determinants associated with failure to initiate and/or adhere to exercise and physical activity programs.