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John Arthur Herrmann
Director, DVM/MPH Program
Center for One Health Illinois
Address and Contact Information
- DVM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago
- BS, University of Illinois
- BA, Illinois Wesleyan University
- Certificate in Epidemiology, University of Michigan
Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists
Research interests include management of subfertility in dairy cows and optimizing breeding outcomes in dogs, spatial and temporal distributions of zoonotic diseases, the interaction of science and ideology in the policy making process, livestock health and food safety, and community health assessment.
Dr. Herrmann graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, practiced in northwest Illinois and southwest Wisconsin for 25 years, while becoming Board certified in theriogenology and and attaining a Master's degree in public health. During his twenty-five years in private dairy and small animal practice, he consulted with local health departments on community health assessment, disaster preparedness and infectious disease control programs, was adjunct faculty at the UIC College of Medicine - Rockford, while managing reproduction programs at area dairies and practicing canine theriogenology. In 2003, Dr. Herrmann took a sabbatical from practice to serve as a AAAS/AVMA Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate office of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), where he developed public health policy related to prion diseases, dietary supplements, genetically engineered organisms and public health workforce development. In 2004, Dr. Herrmann took a faculty position at the University of Illinois to develop and direct the DVM/MPH dual degree program and to teach and practice clinical theriogenology.
- I am a practitioner of veterinary medicine and public health. Before I came to the university in late 2004, I was in private practice for 26 years and consulted with local health departments for eight years. My practice experience informs my teaching philosophy and objectives for medical education.
- Teaching philosophy: teachers should listen; teachers should make sure that students' learning needs are met; students should grow intellectually through the educational experience; teachers and students should become and remain lifelong learners and teachers. It is not enough for a teacher to give the most up to date material in an accepted educational format. Teachers should be aware of when a lecture, a laboratory experience, a clinical teaching opportunity are not working for students. Students give teachers feedback all the time; if the teacher is listening, is aware of verbal and non-verbal cues, then students' needs can be more effectively met. Students should grow intellectually as they progress through the curriculum so that seeking answers to questions they do not know becomes common rather than exceptional. Students should become experts in asking "why" and "how".
- Medical education objectives: learn the fundamentals; learn clinical skills; apply both to clinical problems whether they are related to individual patients or to communities; develop a sense of the big picture; how immediate problems are modified by determinants and contributing factors. We cannot become competent medical professionals without a solid understanding of the science of medicine. We cannot become competent medical professionals without the clinical skills, honed by opportunity and practice, which allow us to improve the lives of our patients. Whether a problem affects an individual patient or a community, medical professionals must be able to develop the perspective that allows them to see the factors that led to the problem at hand. Only through such a holistic view can we develop interventions that are effective and efficient.
- Ecologies of Health
- Critical Thinking
- Health Systems and Health Policy
- One Medicine, One Health: Emerging Diseases and Public Policy
- Public Health Concepts and Practice
- Public Health Clinical Rotation
- Herrmann, J.A., Sathe, S.R..Reproductive performance of an Angus cow after removal of a macerated fetus via caudal flank laparotomy and hysterotomy. Clinical Theriogenology. 2014; (1): 47-52
- Johnson, Y.J., Nadler, Y., Field,, Myint, M.S., Ruiz, M.O., Ruman, A., Olson, S., Herrmann, J.A., Briscoe, J., Hickey, M., Kunkle, J. Flu at the Zoo: emergency management training for the nation’s zoos and aquariums. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 2014; V 11 (3):415–435.
- Herrmann, J.A., Dahm, N.M., Ruiz, M.O., Brown, W. Temporal and spatial Distribution of tick-Borne Disease Cases among Humans and Canines in Illinois (2000–2009). Environmental Health Insights..2014;8(s2) doi: 10.4137/EHi.s16017:15–27.
- Ucthmann, N., Beasley, V.R., Hahn, E., Herrmann, J.A. Barriers to an Integrated “One Health” Surveillance System. DOI 10.1007/s10393-015-1022-7; April 18, 2015
- Herrmann JA, Henley, E. Mad cow disease: dealing sensibly with a new concern. Journal of Family Practice. 53(8); 645-648. 2004.
- Herrmann JA, Wallace, RL. Effect of new and reused CIDRs on serum progesterone concentrations in lactating dairy cows. The Bovine Practitioner. 41-48. June, 2007.
- Herrmann JA, Hershow, R. One Medicine, One Health: The DVM/MPH program at the University of Illinois. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education; 35(2), 194-198. 2008.
- Johnson YJ, Herrmann JA, Wallace RL, Troutt HF, Myint S., Development and Implementation of a Functional Exercise to Assess Public Health Agency Response to Foodborne Bioterrorism. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Vol. 6 : Iss. 1, Article 49. 2009.
- Herrmann JA, Johnson YJ, Troutt HF, Prudhomme T. A public policy practicum to address current issues in human, animal, and ecosystem health. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education; 36(4), 397-402. 2009.
- Herrmann JA, Kostiuk, Dworkin, MS, Johnson, YJ. Temporal and spatial distribution of blastomycosis among humans and dogs in Illinois (2001-2007). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association; 239 (3); 335-343. 2011
- Tamassia M, Calderon G, Clark S, Shipley C, Herrmann J (Co-PI). Use of bST in Beef Cows: Effects on Dams Reproduction and Calves Growth. USDA Hatch funds
- Johnson Y, Herrmann J (co-PI). Transmission of methicillin resistant coagulase negative Staphylococci between horses and their human contacts. Hatch, Section 1433 Animal Health and Disease Fund for FY 2006.
- Johnson Y, Herrmann J (co-PI). Enhancing food safety for retail meat and poultry products. Hatch, Section 1433 Animal Health and Disease Fund for FY 2006.
- Troutt, H (PI), Herrmann J, Johnson, Y. One Medicine Colloquium. Funded through the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
- Herrmann J (PI), Kostiuk S, Dworkin M. The prevalence of human and canine blastomycosis in Illinois counties from 2001-2006. Funded by the Wayne D. and Josephine Spangler Fund for 2008.
- Herrmann J (co-PI), Peters K (co-PI). A workforce survey of local health departments in Illinois. Funded by internal grant, UIC School of Public Health.
- Herrmann J (PI). Dean's Special Request Funds to develop a policy course covering issues on human, animal and ecosystem health (One Medicine).
- Herrmann J (PI), Johnson Y, Myint M, Troutt HF, Wallace R, Evans R. Development of a functional exercise to evaluate the Illinois Department of Public Health Food Emergency Response Plan (FERP). United States Department of Homeland Security.
- Johnson Y, King L, Myint MS, Maddox C, Herrmann J (co-PI), Troutt H. Transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus species among pets, clients, and personnel in a veterinary clinic setting.
- Herrmann JA (co-PI), Hahn E (co-PI), Whiteley H (co-PI). Center for One Medicine. CSREES Special Research Grants Program SF-424 (R&R). Program Code CC-Z. United States Department of Agriculture.
Honors and Awards
- Appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois State Board of Health (2/15/16)
- Recipient of the 2016 Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching, selected by graduating seniors at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Silver Circle Award has been presented to some of the best teachers at the University of Illinois at Chicago - See more at: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/herrmann-teaching-award-chicago/#sthash.aLtjZd6z.dp
- Recipient of the 2014 AAVMC Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award (3/14/14)
- Appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois State Board of Health and to the Public Policy Working Group, the only veterinarian on either of those bodies (2/5/13)
- Recognized for teaching excellence ("outstanding") by the UIUC "List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students" for VCM 648 (One Medicine, One Health: emerging diseases and public policy, Fall 2008, Fall 2009) and VCM 647 (Public Health Clinical Rotation, Summer, 2008-2014)
- Recognized for teaching excellence by the UIUC "List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students" for PATH 641 (Food Safety and Public Health, Spring, 2009) and VCM 675 (Theriogenology, Fall 2007, 2009)
- Recognized by the University of Illinois-Chicago for excellence in teaching based on mandatory student Course Evaluation Questionnaires (CEQ) (2003-2014)
Recipient of the 2014 Senator John Melcher, DVM, Leadership in Public Policy Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Herrmann, J.A., Sathe, S.R..Reproductive performance of an Angus cow after removal of a macerated fetus via caudal flank laparotomy and hysterotomy. Clinical Theriogenology. 2014; (1): 47-52
Johnson, Y.J., Nadler, Y., Field, E., Myint, M.S., Ruiz, M.O., Ruman, A., Olson, S., Herrmann, J.A., Briscoe, J., Hickey, M., Kunkle, J. Flu at the Zoo: emergency management training for the nation’s zoos and aquariums. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 2014; V 11 (3):415–435.
Herrmann, J.A., Dahm, N.M., Ruiz, M.O., Brown, W. Temporal and spatial Distribution of tick-Borne Disease Cases among Humans and Canines in Illinois (2000–2009). Environmental Health Insights..2014;8(s2) doi: 10.4137/EHi.s16017:15–27.
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American College of Theriogenologists
- Society for Theriogenology
- American Association of Bovine Practitioners
- American Public Health Association
- National Association of County and City Health Officials