Contact Information

Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Karyn A. Havas DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVPM (Epi), MAJ, USA

Adjunct Associate Professor


MAJ Karyn Havas, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Officer, received her veterinary degree in 2005 from the Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and her Ph.D. in epidemiology in 2011 from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has served in various positions during her time in the U.S. Army, including: Grand Forks Section Chief, Northern Plains District Veterinary Command; Veterinary Service Support Team Leader, 248th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, Multi-National Division Southeast and Central South, Iraq; Special Staff Officer, Veterinary Command Headquarters, Fort Sam Houston Texas; Data Section Lead, Disease Epidemiology Program at the Army Institute of Public Health, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; and is currently the Deputy Director for the Division of Integrated Biosurveillance at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is a subject matter expert in zoonotic disease epidemiology, specifically brucellosis and rabies, as well as topics of global veterinary medicine and practice, and of veterinary support to Stability Operations.


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA 2001
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 2005
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 2011
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2011
  • Specialty designation in Epidemiology, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2012


MAJ Havas's research interests apply to animal health system development and the impact of conflict on stability in agrarian societies. In addition, she continues to work on validating new methods to detect pathogens in foodstuffs and to conduct systems assessments of military health system databases and surveillance systems. Dr. Havas is also involved in training U.S. military and government veterinarians involved in veterinary support to stability operations and she regularly lectures on One Health.


  • 2013-14 Guest Lecturer, Global Health Course, USU
  • 2013-14 Guest Lecturer, Global Health and Patient Centered Care Micromodule for Post-Clerkship Bench, Bedside, & Beyond Course, USU

Areas of Expertise

  • Global Veterinary Medicine
  • One Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Zoonotic Disease
  • Animal Health System Development
  • Food safety and defense

Selected Recent Publications

Havas KA, Boone RB, Hill AE, Salman MD. A Brucellosis Disease Control Strategy for the Kakheti Region of the Country of Georgia: An Agent-Based Model. Zoonoses and Public Health. 2013; Epub ahead of print: doi 10.1111/zph.12066

Havas KA, Ramishvili M, Navdarashvili A, Hill AE, Tsanava S, Imnadze P, Salman MD. Risk factors associated with human brucellosis in the country of Georgia: a case-control study. Epidemiology and Infection. 2013 Jan; 141(1):45-53. Epub 2012 Mar 12.

Havas KA, Ramishvili M, Navdarashvili A, Imnadze P, Salman M. The human-animal interface of domestic livestock management and production and its relationship to brucellosis in the country of Georgia 2010: a rapid assessment analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 2012 Jun 1;105(1-2):10-6. Epub 2012 Mar 8.

Havas KA, Burkman K. A comparison of the serological evidence of Coxiella burnetii exposure between military working dogs and feral canines in Iraq. Military Medicine. 2011 Oct; 176(10):1101-3.

Havas KA and Salman M. Food Security: its components and challenges. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health. 2011 4(1): 4-11.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Maintenance of Certification Committee
  • Member, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology Specialty Committee
  • At-Large Member, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Alumni Association Executive Board
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)

Peer Reviewer Appointments

  • Military Medicine
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Zoonoses and Public Health