Susan Peters PhotoPublic Health Focus/Interests:

Dr. Peters is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Health program at Michigan State University. She also serves as the health analyst for the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. In this capacity, Dr. Peters provides data analysis and interpretation for a local health department, consults and provides scientific support to a variety of community coalitions, and participates in a variety of strategic and administrative local public health processes. Previously, Dr. Peters was an influenza surveillance epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). At MDHHS, she performed and coordinated statewide influenza surveillance activities, conducted epidemiologic investigations for a variety of respiratory and zoonotic pathogens, and provided technical support for the Michigan Disease Surveillance System.





Master of Public Health, Concentration in Veterinary Public Health, 2013
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, 2006
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Bachelor of Science, Zoology major, Concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science, 2002
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 831: Communicable Disease Epidemiology
HM 852: Outbreak Investigations in Public Health
HM 871: Vaccine Preventable Diseases of Public Health Importance
HM 880: Quantitative Methods in Public Health Research


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

One Health

Data Analysis and Presentation

Public Health Planning and Evaluation

Community Health Assessments and Improvement Planning


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Data Analysis and Presentation

Public Health Planning and Evaluation

Community Health Assessments and Improvement Planning


Recent Publications, Presentations:

Jhung MA, Epperson S, Biggerstaff M, Allen D, Balish A, et al (Peters S). Outbreak of variant influenza A(H3N2) virus in the United States. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;57(12):1703-12. Epub 2013 Sep 24.

Regan J, Fowlkes A, Biggerstaff M, Jhung MA, 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Fatal Case Series Investigation Team (Peters S), et al. Epidemiology of influenza A (H1N1)pdm09-associated deaths in the United States, September–October 2009. Influenza Other Resp Viruses. 2012 Nov;6(6):e169-77. Epub 2012 Jul 16.

Wilczynski JA, Ives R, Peters S, Henderson T, House J, et al. Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Firefighting Response, Indiana and Michigan, June 2011. MMWR. 2012 Mar 9:61(9):153-6.

Fowlkes AL, Arguin P, Biggerstaff MS, Gindler J, Blau D, et al (Peters S). Epidemiology of 2009 Pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Deaths in the United States, April-July 2009. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 52: S60-S68.


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