Training opportunities in vector borne disease science.

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In-Person Development and Training

The Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is now accepting applications for the 2021 MCE-VBD Summer Research Fellowship program. Students and young professionals who are interested in the opportunity can find additional information and apply via the MCE-VBD website. Questions may be sent directly to the Center Coordinator, Danielle Smith, at 

Online Professional Development and Training

Interested in being a more effective, strategic communicator? Attend this interactive, free online training series led by a public health and strategic communication expert! Seminars will be held every-other Wednesday from 12-1:30pm EST on the following dates: March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, 2021. Course led by Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi of the Cornell Master of Public Health Program & Department of Communication. Visit the NEVBD Online Program to learn more about the course content, and register online by March 19 at

Registration for the 2021 Dodd Introduction to Mosquito Control course is now open! This year’s course takes place online February 22-24, & Florida Public Health Pesticide Applicator License holders will be able to earn 11 CEUs. Go to for more info and to register. 

**Don’t need CEUs? Attend for free via SECVBD!**

For those who do not require CEUs, a sponsorship to attend the course is available: the first 55 registrants from within the states and territories served by the SECVBD* will be able to attend the course for free. Simply register via the link above, select the Non-CEU registration option, and follow the prompts to apply for the sponsorship.

*States and territories: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, USVI, VA

Join the 4th Virtual Vector Biology seminar series to hear about research on mosquitoes, ticks, tsetse flies, and kissing bugs! Seminars run from every Friday at 12pm ET from January 15 to March 19, 2021.

See the agenda below and register for the series here!

The New York State Department of Health and University at Albany are hosting a joint seminar series on Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases. Join this group on the third Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 4 PM EST for presentations on VBDs and climate change.

The full schedule and meeting information can be found here.

SECVBD along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, and CO at this time. If your state is not listed, and you would still like CEUs for this training, please contact Kaci McCoy prior to enrolling at

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A 3-week course in vector-borne disease surveillance from Cornell Entomology and eCornell Online will start January 13, 2021! Learn to develop an effective vector surveillance program, collect data, and communicate risk with Dr. Harrington the director of the Northeastern CDC Center of Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases. 

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Are you a local public health official interested in learning more about how to perform active tick surveillance in your jurisdiction? The I-TICK program is offering online active tick surveillance training this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of this online training is providing you with the knowledge needed to start active tick surveillance programs within your respective jurisdictions.

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The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.

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The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist – program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist – program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

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The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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The Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of Florida.
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