Public Health Entomology

Certificate in Public Health Entomology

Population growth and distribution predicted over future decades pose increased risks of disease outbreaks and emergence of new diseases worldwide.  Scientists from many disciplines, physicians, veterinarians, health-care practitioners, public health workers and policy makers are needed to provide public health surveillance, make new discoveries, and find solutions to address these risks.

This certificate offers a 15 credit-hour concentration in Public Health Entomology focused on insects and other arthropods that serve as vectors and reservoirs of disease pathogens, and are responsible for the direct and indirect causation of disease.

Employment opportunities in the public health sector include environmental and health service agencies, mosquito control districts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense, the World Health Organization, and the PanAmerican Health Organization.

Students completing this certificate will be competitive for employment upon graduation, for graduate programs in related disciplines, such as Master’s programs in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Entomology, as well as professional schools.

Public Health Certificate in Entomology Course Descriptions

Eligibility Requirements for Entrance

  1. Completion of a minimum of one (1) course from both Category I andII with a grade of “B” or better and a cumulative TAMU GPA of 2.0+
  2. Students must complete and submit application before completion of 90 total credit hours. This includes Transfer, AP and Dual Credit hours.

*********   Certificate Curriculum   **********

Category I – Select one of the 3 credit-hour courses.

  • ENTO 210 – Global Public Health Entomology (FALL/SPRING)
  • BESC 314 – Pathogens, the Environment, and Society
  • VTPB 221 – Great Diseases of the World

Category II – Must complete BOTH courses

  • ENTO 208/209 – Veterinary Entomology (FALL/SPRING)
  • ENTO 423 – Medical Entomology (FALL/SPRING)

Category III – Select one of the 3 credit-hour courses.

  • ENTO 403 – Urban Entomology (SPRING)
  • HLTH 354 – Medical Terminology for the Health Professions
  • VIBS 204 – Food Toxicology and Safety
  • VIBS 413 – Introduction to Epidemiology OR PHLT 305 Epidemiology Public Health
  • VIBS 432 – Public Health Practices OR PHLT 302 Foundations of Public Health
  • VTPB 301/WFSC 327 – Wildlife Diseases
  • VTPB 409 – Introduction to Immunology

Category IV – Required Capstone Course*

  • ENTO 425 – Disease Ecology (SPRING ONLY)

Download the Application Form

To Complete the Certification, Students Must:

  • Successfully complete courses in Category I-III PRIOR to enrollment in Category IV ENTO 425 – Disease Ecology*
  • Complete all remaining courses within the certification with a minimum grade of “C”
  • Earn a cumulative 3.0+ GPA within the certificate courses
  • Complete exit survey
  • Meet the minimum qualifications for graduation as defined by Texas A&M University including a 2.0 cumulative GPA

For additional information and to discuss the scheduling of these courses upon successful completion of your entrance requirements, please contact Jennifer Rhinesmith-Carranza to schedule an appointment to submit your Public Health Certificate Application.

Jennifer Rhinesmith-Carranza
Senior Academic Advisor II – Kleberg Advising Hub


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