By Heather Reifsnyder
Dean’s seminar is an ordinary occurrence in the School of Public Health, but students and faculty attending the Feb. 13 seminar heard from an extraordinary speaker.
The guest lecturer was Tomás Aragón, MD, DrPH, executive director of the Center for Infectious Disease Prepared-ness at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Aragón spoke about epidemiologic concepts for controlling and preventing infectious diseases, addressing three main concepts: mechanisms of infectious disease transmission, transmission dynamics, and trans-mission containment.
“These concepts are used to control acute microbial threats, prevent endemic infectious diseases, conduct outbreak investigations, design and evaluate control measures, conduct research, and understand the role of diagnosis and treatment,” Dr. Aragón says. “These concepts were synthesized from the fields of epidemiology, clinical infectious diseases, and mathematical modeling.”
Like LLU School of Public Health, the UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Disease Prepared-ness is designated as a Center for Public Health Preparedness by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Our mission is to train the public health workforce to be prepared to detect, investigate, and respond to microbial threats,” says Dr. Aragón.
The information he presented at dean’s seminar is the bedrock for much of the training the center conducts.
The LLU School of Public Health dean’s seminar meets every Tuesday. Students are required to attend a certain number of the seminars, depending on their program.
At the same moment Dr. Aragón was speaking at LLU, an LLU speaker was addressing an audience in Berkeley at Dr. Aragón’s Center for Infectious Disease Preparedness. David Dyjack, DrPH, dean of the School of Public Health, spoke about environmental health emergency readiness.