Bio: Dr. Hellen Amuguni is a veterinarian with doctoral training in Infectious Diseases. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University. She has many years of experience working as a veterinarian and gender specialist among pastoralist communities in the horn of Africa, developing gender programs, conducting assessment studies among livestock keeping communities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Somalia.
She is the Tufts Senior Technical Lead for the USAID-Emerging Pandemics Threat-One Health Workforce project in Africa. She coordinates and manages projects across eight African countries that cover 21 institutions of public health and veterinary medicine in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Senegal, building the capacity of partner African countries using a One Health approach to investigate, respond to, and counter existing and future emerging infectious disease and strengthening the public health workforce. She is also the Senior Faculty Advisor for the Tufts-University of Global Health Equity, One Health Collaborative project.
She teaches in the Master’s program in Infectious Disease and Global Health, and is course director for the Global Health and Emerging Pandemics course. She is Co-Director of the Human Dimensions of Conservation Medicine course for graduate students in the Masters in Conservation Medicine program at Tufts University. She has technical expertise in curriculum development, supporting institutions in Africa to develop, revise or review curricula related to infectious disease, gender, epidemiology and One Health. She has also trained faculty in the use of innovative teaching methodologies such as Problem based learning, One Health module development, and field based experiential learning for both in service and pre-service personnel in Africa and Southeast Asia. (http://vetprofiles.tufts.edu/faculty/janetrix-hellen-amuguni#tab-about)
Location: Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Rd.
Grafton, MA 01536
Description: The Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health (IDGH), established in 2013, combines four important areas of expertise within Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University: public/population health, international medicine, wildlife and conservation medicine, and infectious disease research. The alignment of these areas promotes cross-disciplinary strengths that are important in achieving our goal of improving human, animal and ecosystem health locally, nationally and internationally. The department is comprised of clinicians, basic scientists and field researchers who are dedicated to teaching, clinical service and global health research. (http://vet.tufts.edu/department-of-infectious-disease-and-global-health/about-the-department/)