Career of the Month: Foodborne Disease Epidemiologistby: Megan Sullivan

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Did you know that Salmonella and E. coli are just two of more than 250 different identified foodborne diseases? To Jack Guzewich, a Foodborne Disease Epidemiologist with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, every outbreak is a new mystery. The mysteries unravel as he discovers how foods become contaminated and works to prevent similar outbreaks in the future. Your students will be intrigued by Jack Guzewich and his fascinating career.

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  • on Fri Oct 14, 2011 12:23 PM

An epidemiologist is a person who studies patterns of diseases or health risks in population groups, societies, and cultures. Anyone who follows national and local news realizes that there are times when food distributed to the public for consumption can be tainted with bacteria such as salmonella, e. coli and listeria. Reading this article describes this scientist’s job, why it is so important, and what lead him to this field. We learn by reading the article that a bachelor in science is the minimum education you need for this field.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Sun Mar 11, 2012 2:51 PM

This article was well written and on a level that most high school students can understand and relate to. We have all gotten food poisoning at some point in our lives. This career is great to integrate in my lessons right now because we are studying the kingdom taxonomy right now and just finished up a unit on Bacteria. Very excited to share this with my students.

Danielle F  (Little Elm, TX)
Danielle F (Little Elm, TX)

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