Jeff Bender, DVM, MS

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Jeff Bender

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-625-6203

Office Address:
1214 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DVM, University of Minnesota

MS, University of Minnesota

BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine


I am a veterinarian and public health practitioner with 20 years of post-graduate experience, I have directed and collaborated on a broad range of research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases (i.e. influenza, foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistant organism). My research is multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations with government, industry, and commodity organizations. This includes scientists in academia, NIH, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and private industry. I also have served on policy-making bodies designing programs to address emerging issues in public health.

Some previous positions include: Director of the USAID funded One Health Workforce project focused on building capacity for detecting, responding and preventing emerging infectious diseases in SE Asia and Africa; Special Government Employee – FDA Science Advisory Board; Principle Investigator of the CDC funded Avian Influenza Cooperative Research Center.


An internationally recognized expert on diseases at the human-animal interface. Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, infection control and prevention, designing and evaluating surveillance programs, risk communication, and development of educational and outreach programs.


Research Summary/Interests

Working at the Interface of Human and Animal Health

  • Zoonoses and Emerging Diseases
  • Food Safety
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Agricultural related injuries/illnesses

Research Funding Grants

  • CDC/NIOSH, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. Principal Investigator
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)/CDC, Antimicrobial Resistance Education. Principal Investigator
  • 2016–2021, CDC, "Veterinary Healthcare Quality Improvement and Research Protocol Development and Implementation". Principal Investigator




  • PubH 7200, Section 122 Public Health and COVID-19: Lessons from the Field during a Global Pandemic
  • PubH 7200, Section 115 Providing Mental Health Support to Rural Communities
  • PubH 7230, Section 102 Antimicrobial Resistance, Use and Stewardship: Theory to Practice
  • PubH 7200, Section 104 Minimizing Transmission of Infectious Diseases: Protecting You, Your Staff, and Workforce


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