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FAO Partnership Expands to Increase Country Office Internships

This summer the Food and Agriculture Organization offered several University of Minnesota (UMN) students internships at its country offices in Morocco, Rwanda, and Peru.

Five students from the School of Public Health (SPH) and the UMN law school gained valuable international experience and the opportunity to observe agriculture methods, systems of productions and Intergovernmental Organization’s operations in contexts vastly different than the U.S. through the continued partnership between FAO and UMN. 

Pioneer Fund Update

In spring 2012 we, the Center for Animal Food Health and Safety (CAFHS) at the College of Veterinary Medicine had a bold idea: “Let’s create a fund to help our resident students study around the world to further their education and at the same time let us honor those early pioneers in public health and veterinary medicine.” And with that the Veterinary Pioneers in Public Health Resident Education fund was established. 

In these two short years, the Center has awarded three substantial grants to three resident students. These residents have:

2015 Public Health Institute

My, how you’ve grown…the Summer Public Health Institute

Fun Fact:
Drs. Jeff Bender, Will Hueston, and Scott Wells were among the first- year faculty and continue to teach at the PHI.

The University of Minnesota Summer Public Health Institute (PHI), scheduled each year during the May term, offers courses for everyone practicing or studying public health and its related fields. Faculty and experts create and teach short courses that respond to current advances in their fields.

Food Systems Leadership Certificate Program Launched

What type of professional development program leaps from the sex life of aphids to a shower-in/shower-out hog facility in southern Minnesota, pausing along the way to learn about the business of food from agriculture cooperatives, family businesses, and publicly held corporations? It’s the Food Systems Leadership Program, a series of three week-long intensive sessions that kicked off in August with Session 1: Focus on Food Production.

A Plan is Plan, Not a Rule

The initial planning for the OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Chiang Mai University-University of Minnesota veterinary educational twinning project came together in the fall of 2012, when key faculty and administrators envisioned what might be accomplished. The plan proved invaluable as a road map but, much like the experience of traveling, several changes occurred over the 39-month project.