Faculty

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Faculty

Rx One Health is led by senior faculty from the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (UCD SVM) and Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania.   Other principle instructors come from institutions such as Ifakara Health Institute, the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania National Parks, Mafia Island Marine Park, and University of Rwanda.  Additionally, the course partners with non-governmental health and agriculture organizations and small-business enterprises working in communities where the course is taught.  Recruited instructors and facilitators are experts in their field who are passionate about their subjects and provide high-quality learning experiences.

LEAD FACULTY

Jonna Mazet, BS, DVM, MPVM, PhD
UC Davis One Health Institute

Jonna Mazet headshotDr. Mazet is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Executive Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, most notably in relation to disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers of disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2013 in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats and serves on the National Academies’ Forum on Microbial Threats, as well as chairs the Academies’ One Health Work Group.

Woutrina Smith, BA, DVM, MPVM, PhD
UC Davis One Health Institute

Woutrina Smith headshotDr. Smith leads the multi-campus UCGHI Planetary Health Center of Expertise and has been part of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Institute since its inception. Originally from Alaska, Dr. Smith studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles, at School for Field Studies in Australia, and at UC Davis on her way to becoming a Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Dr. Smith has One Health research projects in Africa and Asia, as well as in California, where multidisciplinary teams work together to solve complex population and planetary health problems in innovative ways. Dr. Smith has received funding from diverse sources including the National Institutes of Health, the US Agency for International Development, the US Department of Defense, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support her research and training endeavors.

Michael Wilkes, MD, MPH, PhD
UC Davis School of Medicine

Michael Wilkes headshotMichael Wilkes is widely known for his efforts to introduce medical students to the humanistic side of being a physician, and for working tirelessly to include the public health and social sciences as part of training physicians. During his tenure as Vice Dean of the Medical School he lead the way toward enormous changes in medical education at UC Davis including the rural prime program, the college system of mentoring, a new education building, and a dramatic shift away from lectures toward small group and interactive learning. Wilkes introduced UC Davis' "Doctoring" curriculum, a series of classes and seminars for all four years of medical school. Topics within the curriculum include doctor- patient communication, clinical reasoning and end-of-life care, to name but a few. Dr. Wilkes has extensive experience in the development, management, and evaluation of eLearning technologies. In his current capacity as Director of Global Health he works locally with the UC Davis Vet and Nursing faculty and with medical and health sciences schools around the world as they seek to train the most capable health providers to address local health needs. He serves as a reviewer for many medical publications. He is the Director of the UC Davis Adolescent Clinic.

Rudovick Kazwala, PhD
Sokoine University

Rudovick Kazwala headshotCo-founder of the HALI project, Dr. Kazwala is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and leads the Veterinary Public Health Unit at the University.  Prof. Kazwala’s research focuses on bacterial and viral zoonotic diseases. He is the Chairman of Tanzania Veterinary Association, and is a member of the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority, Food Technical Committee.  He also serves as an advisor raising awareness among government officials of the health implications of infectious diseases and supports outbreak response planning. Prof. Kazwala coordinates the Bovine Tuberculosis Network for Africa and the Zoonoses Section of the Collaborative research in environmental toxicology and zoonotic diseases in the Human:Domestic Animal:Wildlife interface areas of Eastern and Southern Africa - A South-North Veterinary Network.


Jennifer Lane, DVM, MPH
UC Davis One Health Institute

Jennifer Lane headshotJennie works with the One Health Institute as a Field Veterinarian helping support a variety of projects in East Africa.   These include the USAID  PREDICT-2 project in Ethiopia and Tanzania as well as a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems funded project on young stock mortality in Ethiopia.  Jennie also coordinates course logistics and curriculum development for One Health Institute flagship experiential learning course, Rx One Health.  She joined UC Davis in 2017 after completing a two year fellowship with the Congressional Hunger Center, where she was placed with Land O’Lakes International Development.  During the fellowship she provided technical support to a variety of USAID, USDA and BMGF funded projects working with livestock and small holder farmers, and researched the pathways of impact of livestock projects on household livelihood and nutrition outcomes.  She also co-led a year-long livestock, animal source foods and household nutrition learning series, in collaboration with ILRI and IFPRI.