One Health: Partners, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Conservation Medicine Center of Chicago

The goal of the CMCC is to study the relationship among animals, people and the environment: how animals and people each affect the ecosystem and how changes in the ecosystem affect the health of all species.

Attaining That Goal:

Through Research
  • Researchers examine how new diseases emerge and why diseases affect some species and not others. They also look at how humans are changing the environment and which changes affect human health and the survival of animal species.
  • Researchers may use their newfound knowledge to develop treatment methods for humans, when possible.
  • Biologists and medical professionals help track the species-to-species movement of viruses and other disease-bearing pathogens.
Through Education
  • The Center offers programs for undergraduates, graduate students, residents and fellows which emphasize training for academic, research and conservation careers.
  • The CMCC also seeks to change the thinking by health professionals and the public about emerging diseases

Zoological Pathology Program

The Zoological Pathology Program is a full-service diagnostic, teaching, and research pathology program specializing in exotic and wildlife diseases. It provides comprehensive diagnostics to the three affiliated zoological institutions—the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo), the Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium, with additional support from the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine—as well as operates an exotic, wildlife, and domestic animal pathology training residency. Research, focusing on the pathogenesis of wildlife disease, particularly for endangered species, is conducted in collaboration with the associated zoological and academic institutions.

Through the diagnosis, prevention, and research of the pathogenesis of wildlife diseases, the program directly benefits zoological collections and assists in wildlife conservation. Involved personnel also contribute to the prosperity of world populations by participating as integral members of reintroduction and species survival programs, by investigating the interplay between diseases and population dynamics, and through public education on the importance of sustaining species diversity. Moreover, the program serves as an interface and link between zoological institutions, wildlife parks, veterinary and human medical fields, and the private sector.

UIC School of Public Health

At the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), we offer outstanding courses and research opportunities in all areas of public health. Students benefit from a diverse, accomplished faculty while learning and working in one of the most vibrant cities in the world. We prioritize real world application—translating our knowledge into action and our compassion into results. When you enroll at UIC SPH, you will learn how to make a difference in the health of populations around the world.

Established in 1970, the fully accredited UIC SPH currently offers five degrees: Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), along with certificate programs and non-degree continuing education opportunities to both full and part-time students and professionals practicing in the field. Beginning in Fall 2012, we will offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health as well.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the UIC School of Public Health offer a joint degree program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees.

As public health plays an increasingly critical role in today's society, the innovative research and inspiring achievements at UIC SPH have become part of local, national and international conversation.

Through our faculty, students, and alumni, the UIC SPH presence extends far beyond its role as an academic environment. Here are examples of our proud achievements and ongoing discovery:

  • Curbing Violence and Shootings in Chicago
  • Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa
  • CHEERing on Chicago's Waterways
  • Exploring the Science Behind the Fountain of Youth
  • Surveying the Stigma of Being Gay in the Latino Community
  • Leaving No Mother Behind
  • Bringing Clean Water to Families in South America

These examples are representative of the quality and importance of the many ongoing projects at UIC SPH. Some others include health and aging, environmental chemistry, airplane manufacturing, brain tumors, health disparities, occupational injuries, hospital systems and mental health.