Heather Fowler, Veterinarian
“I love the detective work in epidemiology.” Looking toward a career as a state public health veterinarian, Heather has particular interests in zoonotic, vector-borne, and food-borne diseases. Building on an undergraduate internship in Hawaii studying mosquitoes, while at Yale, Heather has worked both with the Emerging infections Program on the C. difficilestudy and with Dr. Peter Rabinowitz at the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project where she assessed adherence to federal H1N1 guidelines among workers at swine facilities.
Few public health professionals focus on veterinary medicine and even fewer veterinarians have a public health perspective to guide them in assessing risk factors and developing interventions and policy explains Heather. “That really appeals to me.”
The Yale AP MPH program for students, like Heather, who already have a doctoral-level degree, is “no nonsense,” she says with appreciation for her colleagues and their streamlined approach to their studies. She also appreciates much of what New Haven has to offer – especially Thursday night salsa dancing.
Heather has been accepted into the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program and will receive two years of on-the-job-training at the Minnesota Department of Health upon graduation.