Jennifer A.M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV - New York Medical College. Valhalla, NY, US

Jennifer A.M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV Jennifer A.M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV

Associate Professor of Public Health Practice, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health | New York Medical College

Valhalla, NY, US

Dr. Calder is a veterinarian and epidemiologist primarily interested in infectious disease epidemiology.


Jennifer A. M. Calder, D.V.M., M.P.H., Ph.D., CHSV, is an associate professor of public health practice in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice. She is a veterinarian and an epidemiologist primarily interested in infectious disease epidemiology focusing on zoonotic and emerging infections and health care associated infections. She is also interested in the epidemiology of agriculture-related injuries and diseases of the eye. Dr. Calder has developed innovative methods for teaching epidemiology that has shaped the way epidemiology is taught and demonstrated that online education when properly structured can be as effective as classroom teaching. Dr. Calder has worked with state and local health departments as well as foreign government agencies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and D.V.M. from the St. István University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest Hungary.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health and Wellness Research Education/Learning Veterinary

Areas of Expertise (9)

Epidemiology Healthcare-associated Infections Infectious Diseases Molecular Epidemiology Outbreak Investigations Public Health Vectorborne Diseases Veterinary Public Health Zoonotic Diseases

Education (3)

St. István University: D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine

Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health: M.P.H., Public Health

The University of Florida: Ph.D., Epidemiology

Affiliations (9)

  • American Public Health Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association
  • Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association
  • National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Long Term Care Interest Section

Media Appearances (9)

Stamford Hires Health and Social Services Director

The Hour  online


Dr. Jennifer Calder, a veterinarian and epidemiologist from New York City, will take over for the interim health director, who works full-time in Darien but was contracted to wok in Stamford until a replacement was hired.

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A Discussion about the Zika Virus

NBC New York  tv


Dr. Jennifer Calder, associate professor of public health practice at New York Medical College, joins us to discuss everything you need to know about the Zika virus.

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Zika Virus

NBC  tv


With the outbreak of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, WHO has declared that Zika virus is spreading exponentially

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NY Travelers Cautious Over Zika Virus

NBC  tv


CDC announces travel guidelines Zika virus and pregnant women

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Q&A with Disease Expert on Legionnaires’ Disease

NBC  tv


Three more people have died of Legionnaires' disease in the Bronx in an outbreak that has claimed seven lives in total and hospitalized more than 60 people, the New York City Health Department said Monday as hundreds of residents met with health experts and state and city officials at a town hall meeting to get answers.

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Public Health Professor Talks About First U.S. Ebola Death

NBC  tv


US has its first case of Ebola virus infection

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Westchester Child Has Enterovirus: Confirmed

Lohud The Journal News  print


Parents are concerned about enterovirus infection in their children

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Tips to Avoid West Nile Virus This Summer

NY1  tv


With beginning of summer, New Yorkers are concerned about West Nile Virus infection

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Summer Infectious Diseases: What You Need to Know

NBC  tv


With Chikungunya virus discovered in the Caribbean, New Yorkers are concerned about summer infectious diseases

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Courses (5)

EPI 6022 Methods in infectious Disease Epidemiology

This course will cover epidemiological methodologies that are applicable to the study of infectious diseases. At the end of this course, participants will be able to: describe mathematical models used to study the transmission of infectious diseases; describe the effect of mixing patterns on infectious diseases; calculate vaccine efficacy and effectiveness; describe issues related to seroepidemiological studies; describe methods used to measure infectivity; describe the methodologies used in the study of respiratory, fecal-oral, vectorborne, and sexually transmitted diseases; describe the use of statistical process control, pareto, and rate run charting in healthcare epidemiology; differentiate an infectious from a chronic event, describe the basic principles of geographical informational system (GIS) in mapping infectious disease events; and evaluate an infectious disease program

EPI 6023 Principles of Public Health Surveillance and Survey Development

This course will provide students with an overview of surveillance systems as well as the issues involved in the design and execution of epidemiological surveys. At the end of this course, participants will be able to: describe the history of surveillance, the principles of public health surveillance, identify data sources for public health surveillance, describe the analysis and interpretation of surveillance data, describe the steps required to evaluate a surveillance system, and describe legal and ethical aspects of public health surveillance. Students will also be exposed to the structure of the following surveillance system: national and international reportable disease surveillance systems; surveillance systems designed to detect chronic disease and diseases related to behaviors and risk factors; surveillance for injuries; and infectious diseases of major public health interest. Syndromic surveillance, surveillance for environmental exposures, surveillance for veterinary diseases of public health interest, as well as surveillance for medical products will be described. Students will be able to describe the essential steps of survey design; calculate the reliability and validity of a survey instrument; describe the advantages and disadvantages of various survey administration methods; and discuss analysis of survey data.

EPI 6024 SAS Application to Epidemiological Studies

This course builds on the foundation courses of Introduction to Epidemiology and Introduction to Biostatistics. The objective of this course is to teach students how to apply basic epidemiological and statistical methods and concepts using SAS statistical software package and to serve as a bridge to the methods presented in more advanced epidemiology courses. Each session is a combination of didactic lecture and hands-on practice. Students conduct epidemiological analyses on actual data sets, after completing this course, students will be able to: prepare and clean data for analysis; conduct descriptive data analysis using SAS; conduct categorical analyses, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and linear regression in SAS as well as describe the role of logistic regression in epidemiology. This course is restricted to epidemiology majors, others majors may be permitted with permission from the instructor(s).

EPI 6094 Seminar in Infectious Disease Epidemiology

In this course, students will examine infectious disease transmission utilizing information on factors that may contribute to the diffusion of infectious disease. The objective of the course is to develop students’ ability to conceptualize and understand the multiple influences that fuel infectious disease transmission dynamics and to critically assess why diseases are epidemic, under control or en route to eradication. After completing this course, students will be able to evaluate and describe non-epidemiological factors such as social causes and social networks, culture, politics, environment, and medical and veterinary practices that influence the transmission of respiratory, waterborne, foodborne, vectorborne, zoonotic, healthcare associated and emerging infections as well as infections related to bio- and agro-terrorism; describe the factors that impact disease eradication efforts; and describe the relationship between infectious agents and chronic diseases

EPI 7094 Thesis Research

Students undertake epidemiology research on a public health topic of interest under the direct supervision of their thesis advisor

Articles (selected) (5)

Chikungunya Fever: A New Concern For the Western Hemisphere
The Open Infectious Diseases Journal


ABSTRACT: Chikungunya virus has spread from Tanzania and has caused autochthonous transmission throughout Africa and Asia, and most recently in Europe, and the Americas. Transmission into new geographical areas has been facilitated by many factors including international travel, genetic adaptation of the virus to the vectors, and a breakdown of vector control measures...

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Fish allergy causing angioedema and secondary angle-closure glaucoma
British Medical Journal Case Reports


SUMMARY: A 56-year-old woman with a history of primary angle-closure glaucoma presented with acute generalised swelling, and facial angioedema following a fish meal. She complained of nausea, vomiting, headache, pain in both eyes and acute loss of vision. ...

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Surveillance definitions of infections in long-term care facilities: revisiting the McGeer criteria
Infection Control


ABSTRACT: Infection surveillance definitions for long-term care facilities (ie, the McGeer Criteria) have not been updated since 1991. An expert consensus panel modified these definitions on the basis of a structured review of the literature. Significant changes were made to the ...

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Zoonoses. In: Hurley K and Miller L eds. The Management of Infectious Diseases in Dogs and Cats in Animal Shelters.
Wiley Blackwell


Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters is a comprehensive guide to preventing, managing, and treating disease outbreaks in shelters.

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Adenovirus type 7 genomic-type variant, New York City, 1999
Emerging Infectious Diseases


ABSTRACT: An outbreak of respiratory illness occurred in a long-term care facility in New York City. Investigation of the outbreak identified confirmed or suspected adenoviral infection in 84% of the residents from October 19 to December 18, 1999. Further identification by type-specific neutralization and restriction analysis identified a new genomic variant of adenovirus type 7...

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