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Medical News & Perspectives
September 10, 2003

Emerging Infections and Bioterrorism Raise Profile of Schools of Public Health

JAMA. 2003;290(10):1306-1307. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1306

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.