MPH Graduate recognized at PHHP Outstanding Alumni Awards

Dr. April J. Johnson, DVM, MPH, PhD, a 2006 graduate of the Master of Public Health Program – Epidemiology track was one of the alumni recognized at the college’s Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony in November 2011. Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is working to improve veterinary public health education through curriculum development and establishment of a concurrent MPH program for veterinary students.

After completing a concurrent PhD/MPH degree program at UF in veterinary microbiology and epidemiology, she completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working in the Influenza Division with avian and seasonal influenza.

Dr. Johnson’s current research interests include epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, infectious diseases of wildlife and international public health. Some of her recent studies have focused on Q-fever in sheep and goats in Indiana and Japanese encephalitis virus in pigs in the mountain districts of Nepal.