Zoology in Public Health

The importance of Zoology in animal and human health can no-longer be ignored. Diseases caused by parasites both free living and vector borne are a major concern in both human and animal health and account for a great proportion of morbidity, mortality and economic loss. The world today is faced with the challenge of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic infectious diseases like yellow fever, Zika Virus and West Nile Virus transmitted by mosquito vectors to mention but a few. What kind of Zoologist does the world need today? The department has strategically aligned its teaching and research to ensure it produces a Zoologist who is relevant to the market place and able to apply the knowledge gained to address the growing challenges faced by disease control programs such as insecticide resistance and change in behaviour of vectors. As such, a Zoologists produced is able to design, implement and evaluate disease control programs. The growing discipline of One Health is another important issue to be aware of. The department has repositioned itself to address the market needs and will inevitably develop synergies and collaborations with other relevant departments within and outside Makerere University. This is because a relevant zoologist requires some inputs from veterinary and public health and therefore a closed in approach cannot work anymore.