The Public Health Sciences undergraduate degree program in the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences is among the most comprehensive programs in New England. To address gaps in testing capacity for VPDs, APHL was recently awarded funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to provide training programs and quality improvement activities for VPD testing in public health laboratories.
Public health laboratories, through their ability to identify difficult infections like HIV-2 and acute HIV-1 infections, make a significant contribution to HIV prevention efforts.” Dr. Pentella also serves as the chair of the APHL/CDC HIV Steering Committee.
Although surveillance was originally concerned with protection of the population against infectious disease (Langmuir 1963), more recently a wide variety of health events, such as childhood lead poisoning, birth defects, injuries, and behavioral risk factors, have been included in surveillance activities (Thacker and Stroup 1994).
In addition to the MSc Public Health, other courses at the School may be relevant to students with an interest in public health and applicants should review the pages of other courses as follows: (i) MSc Public Health for Development – for those with an interest in low-income countries; (ii) MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing – for applicants with a particular interest in Health Policy; (iii) MSc Nutrition for Global Health – for those with an interest in nutrition.
State laboratories do, however, shoulder most of the responsibility for newborn screening in the US. They conduct 97% of the testing for the core panel of 29 congenital disorders recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and children (ACHDGDNC).