As the current academic year is launched on the heels of the emergence
of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the perennial concerns and missions
of the nation's schools of public health may be emerging in the minds of the
public, as well.
The SARS outbreak, the West Nile virus's emergence as a major pathogen
in the United States, and the anthrax attacks in 2001, have challenged the
US public health community to take action to track, contain, and prevent additional
outbreaks. While leaders in the nation's schools of public health say their
basic multifaceted mission remains unchanged, there's little doubt that these
recent events have raised the public profile of the profession.
Lovinger SP. Emerging Infections and Bioterrorism Raise Profile of Schools of Public Health. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1306–1307. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1306
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