The MCE-VBD is committed to increasing preparedness for dealing with vector-borne disease (VBD) challenges such as Lyme disease, West Nile Virus, and the Zika virus.  We are providing training in public health entomology (PHE) to develop a cadre of trainees at all levels of learning who can assist academic institutes, local, state or federal public health agencies, pest control companies or mosquito abatement districts in vector-borne disease surveillance and management.  We also support a number of Research Fellows each summer who conduct research with MCE-VBD partners in five Midwestern states.


Certificate in Public Health Entomology

The 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 disease.  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.


Research Fellows

The Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease is proud to offer paid research fellowships each summer to students and emerging professionals interested in the field of vector-borne disease.

For approximately twelve weeks each summer, MCE-VBD fellows work on projects at partner institutions in five Midwestern states, conducting research and/or surveillance related to tick and mosquito-borne disease under the supervision of academic and public health experts.


External Opportunities

There are a wide variety of employment and learning opportunities available to students and professionals interested in vectors and the diseases they carry. We are pleased to gather opportunities as we find them and post them on our website. These opportunities are offered by organizations external to the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Disease; for more information, please contact the listed organization directly.

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