Short Course: Environmental Health from a One Health Perspective

I am a co-developer and co-instructor of an environmental health short course held every summer. 

  • This short course is a part of a larger One Health certificate program funded by the US State Department at Duke University.
  • I organize and teach lectures on emerging topics in environmental health to international medical and public health professionals and American graduate students.
  • My co-developer and I foster an active and participatory learning experience and ensure our students are learning about contemporary research and issues in environmental health.
  • We have taught students from over 10 countries, and that list is still growing.

 

Short Course: Field Course in One Health Problem Solving and Laboratory Methods

I co-developed and co-instructed an international, interdisciplinary field + lab course in Kisumu, Kenya. 

  • As the molecular enteric diagnostics lead, I developed and taught laboratory methods to American Master of Public Health students and African Master of Community Development students.
  • I supervised and trained students in developing research hypotheses, setting up research projects, and processing and testing collected environmental samples (through DNA extraction, multiplex PCR, and electrophoresis techniques).
  • I coordinated and facilitated the transportation of all equipment, supplies, and reagents to set up a molecular laboratory in Kisumu, Kenya. 

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Workshops and Laboratory Training  

I have developed workshops and instructed public health professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students in spatial modelling and biochemical and molecular laboratory diagnostics. 

More specifically, I have:

  • Taught professional colleagues from the US and abroad (e.g., Ukraine, the Republic of Georgia) how to prepare spatial datasets and implement different spatial models to better characterize epidemiological and biological data. Examples include species distribution models, generalized linear models, negative binomial regression models incorporating spatial data, cluster analyses, and spatial interpolations.
  • Trained domestic and international public health professionals and students on biochemical and molecular diagnostic assays.