Health and disease information for public health and medical professionals as well as consumers. The CDC website is particularly useful for finding information on disease outbreaks and projections of diseases that require tracking.
"Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics is a digital library collection that brings a unique set of resources from Harvard’s libraries to Internet users everywhere. Offering valuable insights to students of the history of medicine and to researchers seeking an historical context for current epidemiology, the collection contributes to the understanding of the global, social–history, and public–policy implications of disease. Contagion is also a unique social-history resource for students of many ages and disciplines."
"In 2002, Harvard University established the Open Collections Program, a digital collection of resources that makes available historical materials from Harvard's renowned libraries, archives, and museums. The newest collection, Contagion, provides background information on significant episodes of disease and epidemics worldwide. Materials include digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets, and manuscripts, "many of which contain visual materials, such as plates, engravings, maps, charts, broadsides, and other illustrations." Materials are nicely supplemented by explanatory pages that familiarize users with concepts related to diseases and epidemics. The three search options are catalog, full text, and Web site. Catalog search allows users to keyword-search catalog records for books, manuscripts, maps, and images in the collection. Full-text search examines the machine-printed text of books, journals, and pamphlets and returns a list of relevancy-rated links to pages that contain the specific search term(s). Users also have the option of browsing pages on significant episodes of contagious disease, along with common topics such as public health or vaccination. Additionally, one may browse for material on notable persons such as William Gorgas or Florence Nightingale. This collection will be an invaluable resource for anyone searching for historical data on diseases and epidemics." from Choice, March 2009
"This Centers for Disease Control site presents educational materials on prevalent environmental health issues, in English and Spanish, aimed at health care professionals, health educators, communities, and the general public. The first two groups can earn free continuing education (CE) credits from various agencies by studying the material and passing online tests. Topics, which expire after three years for CE purposes but remain available while updated, include heavy metals, asthma triggers, pesticides, and solvents. Undergraduates, including those not majoring in health sciences, may find the Case Studies in Environmental Medicine useful for research, because they are written by identified experts and reference peer-reviewed information and current diagnostic and treatment standards. Grand Rounds in Environmental Medicine are one-hour Web streaming or slide/script training courses for professionals; they lack a reference list but provide an opportunity for CE credits. The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit offers training, testing, credits, and additional resources for professionals serving children. For the public and students needing only a quick overview of a topic, Community Environmental Health Education Presentations are shorter Web streaming or script/slide presentations with less technical detail, but no clear authorship or references. Links to patient information sheets, Public Health Statements, and other ATSDR resources abound. The site is clearly laid out, attractive, and responsive." Choice, November 2009.
Health Statistics provide information for understanding, monitoring, improving and planning the use of resources to improve the lives of people, provide services and promote their well being. This course describes the range of available health statistics, identifies their sources and helps you understand how to use information about their structure as you search.
"Health and Environmental Information Online (HERO), a continuously updated database of "hundreds of thousands" of sources considered for and/or used in human and ecosystem risk assessments, is prepared by the EPA's National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). The recent public release of this database provides a unique opportunity for users to discover sources deemed important by NCEA literature researchers, who welcome suggestions for additional items to consider for inclusion. Although most sources are peer-reviewed journal articles, the database includes other articles, books, book chapters, reports, patents, Web sites, computer programs, pamphlets, public laws, and personal communications. The attractive home page summarizes content, offers topic browsing, and shows links to recent risk assessments and related sources, FAQs, and the search page.
Although searching is straightforward, help with searching, viewing, refining, and exporting results to bibliographic software appears on every page via the How to Use HERO link. To view the full record of a source, users click within its row and scroll to the bottom of the page. Full records link to risk assessments, if any, that include the source; some also display links to publicly available content, institutionally subscribed material, or a publisher's Web site for purchasing source material. The scope is rather broad: in an attempt to force a negative search, this reviewer searched for "elephants" and found 19 journal articles, although a sampling of those records indicated that they were not used as sources in risk assessments." from Choice September 2010.
You can access statistical data from the Human Development Report (HDR) and resources to help you better understand this data. You will also find helpful information about the human development index (HDI) and other indices, links to other background materials, data resources and on-going debates and discussions on human development statistics.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington rigorously measuring the world’s most pressing health issues and providing scientific evaluations of health system and health program performance in order to guide health policy and accelerate global health progress.
The Grey Literature Report is a bimonthly publication of The New York Academy of Medicine Library alerting readers to new grey literature publications in health services research and selected public health topics.
The Office of Health Economics provides independent research, advisory and consultancy services on policy implications and economic issues within the pharmaceutical, health care and biotechnology sectors.
The OHE has an international reputation, for the quality and independence of its research, which is safeguarded through our Policy Board and Editorial Board.
"The CDC's OutbreakNet Team is the coordinating center of a collaborative network of federal, state, and local public health officials involved in the detection and surveillance of, and response to, outbreaks of foodborne, waterborne, and other intestinal tract diseases. The US Department of Agriculture, the US Food and Drug Administration, and several laboratories providing specialized testing for the identification of foodborne bacteria are also participants. This Web site is attractive and well organized, providing information and links to all of the activities of the network, links to other government sources of information on food safety, and listings and updates on current investigations of food infections. Also available is an easy-to-use alphabetical listing with short descriptions of enteric diseases. Although the site serves primarily as an information source for professionals dealing directly with foodborne illnesses, it is also an excellent source for the general public. Most interesting, but perhaps most scary for the nontechnical reader, is the section titled Foodborne Outbreak Investigations, which describes the many ways in which food can become contaminated. One is left wondering how any food one eats can be safe to consume." Choice August, 2010.
The success of Quality of Life (QOL) and Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) studies depends a great deal on the choice of appropriate instruments. They must be selected according to the domains they measure and the populations and pathologies for which they are designed. Practical issues, such as the availability of different translations, copyrights, and access to instruments are also major criteria in the choice of instruments.
Epiville, a learning tool developed specifically for Principles of Epidemiology (P6400), is a set of interactive web-based exercises created by faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and produced by the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning at Columbia University. The primary goal of Epiville is to provide an enhanced web-based learning environment so that students can most efficiently master the main principles of the course. Separate modules serve as weekly homework assignments. In these exercises, you will assume the role of an intern at the Department of Health in the fictional city of Epiville where you will investigate a series of emerging public health problems. As you begin your investigation, you will gather relevant data including TV and radio reports, information materials from the Epiville Department of Health, and interviews with local residents. You will then use the information you have collected to address key analytic and theoretical questions. Each week's assignment is intended to complement material from course lectures, reading assignments and seminar discussions by simulating the hands-on experience of applying epidemiologic methods.
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