Jeff Bender

Jeff Bender - Professor
Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health, Twin Cities

Director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)
Adjunct Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Health
  • COVID-19
  • Infectious diseases
  • Population health


Jeff Bender, DVM, MS, is a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Bender is a veterinarian and public health practitioner with 20 years of post-graduate experience. He has 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 organisms).

Bender’s research is multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations with government, industry and commodity organizations. This includes scientists in academia, National Institutes of Health, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and private industry.

Bender also has served on policy-making bodies designing programs to address emerging issues in public health.

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