VCEHP101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance

Course Description:

VCEHP101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance is first in a eleven-course learning series. 

The Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance course provides a comprehensive overview of vectors, the diseases they transmit and their distribution. This course provides the basic knowledge needed by the Environmental Public Health Workforce to help them protect the communities they serve from Vector-borne Diseases of environmental origin, and educate the public and the partners with whom they work, particularly in the area of vector control.

Target Audience

Public Health, First Responders, Emergency Response and Preparedness Professionals and Healthcare Practitioners

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most important disease causing vectors in the US
  • Classify the basics of vector biology
  • Recognize how vectors transmit disease
  • Differentiate the diseases each vector can transmit
  • Explain basic basic vector borne disease pathology
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing VCEHP101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance
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Captain Michael E Herring
CAPT Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH 

CAPT Michael E. Herring, REHS, MPH received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University in 1980 and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1993. He began his career in 1980 as an environmental health specialist with the Durham County Health Department in North Carolina. He was promoted to Environmental Health Supervisor in 1983 and served in that role through 1988 when he accepted a commission with the United States Public Health Service.

During his Public Health Service career, Captain Herring has been assigned to various positions throughout the nation with the Indian Health Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Captain Herring currently serves as a Senior Environmental Health Scientist and the Training and Technical Assistance Team Leader for the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, Georgia. His duties include leading efforts to enhance the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of the nation's environmental public health workforce. Captain Herring is a subject matter expert on integrated pest management (IPM) and has worked extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally to reduce vector-borne disease threats by educating health professionals and the public on the science and principles of IPM.

Captain Herring is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with over 35 years of professional experience. He has served in numerous leadership roles for various public health and environmental health organizations, committees, and work groups at the national, regional, state, and local levels. Over the course of his career, Captain Herring been has a featured speaker at over 50 national and international conferences and symposiums.

Captain Herring is the recipient of over 60 awards from the President of the United States, the Uniformed Services of the United States, multiple federal agencies, and national public health and environmental health organizations. CAPT Herring was presented with the 2013 Walter S. Mangold Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Environmental Health Association for achievements in the field of environmental health.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 1.00 hour(s) of credit for completing VCEHP101: Vector-Borne Diseases of Public Health Importance


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System Settings 
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