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Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Nina Gannon is the associate director for the Public Health Preparedness Option in the intercollege Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security, Penn State World Campus, graduate degree and certificates in Homeland Security.

Before joining the Penn State faculty in May 2016, Dr. Gannon was a full-time private practice veterinarian in Illinois and Iowa. She was an active member of the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team, a Homeland Security-state specialty response team, which was trained to respond to agriculture and companion animal disasters. Her teaching interests at Penn State include the capstone course (PHP 594) in the graduate program in public health preparedness, during which students research and write a scholarly paper. In her role as the program's assistant director, she serves as an academic adviser to graduate students and a member of the admissions committee.

Research interests

Dr. Nina Gannon's research interests include animals as sentinels for human disease, early breast cancer detection for women in lower socioeconomic groups, and environmental risk factors for infants with very low birth weight.

Education/Academic qualification

Occupational and Environmental Health, MS, University of Iowa


DVM, Iowa State University


Bacteriology and Zoology (minor in chemistry), BS, Iowa State University


External positions

Member, Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team

Jan 1 2006Jan 1 2014

Member, Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team


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