- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The University of Central Florida’s student health services director will be playing a role in how universities across the U.S. handle epidemics and other health emergencies.

Dr. Michael Deichen has been named chair-elect of the American College of Health Association Emerging Public Health Threats and Emergency Response Coalition. The group and its 383 members focus on increasing concern posed by pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases. It also helps universities plan for such emergencies and serve as a liaison between them and the federal government. The position is a two-year post.

During his 14 years at UCF Deichen helped prepare the campus for possible health threats including Middle East respiratory syndrome, pandemic flu, measles and Ebola.

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