Public Health is a large field with many varied opportunities. Public health professionals may find themselves working in many circumstances, from hospitals to government agencies, to positions in international organizations intended to promote public health. There are plenty of quality resources for students of public health and public health professionals and as this particular field changes rapidly, it is important to find several relevant resources that can keep you up to date on current events and changes in the industry. There are many national and international resources for students to choose from: associations, research centers, organizations, journals, blogs, conferences, webcasts and more. This resource guide lists top of the line resources available to public health students and professionals alike.
Associations, Research Centers, and Organizations
Delta Omega: The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded at Johns Hopkins University. Delta Omega continues its original role of recognizing academic excellence in the field of public health.
HealthCare Volunteer: HealthCare Volunteer is an organization devoted to putting volunteer healthcare professionals in place around the world where they are most needed.
Public Health Foundation: The Public Health Foundation conducts research, compiles the data from that research, and delivers the results of that research to public health professionals for the purpose of advancing the field of public health systems and research.
World Health Organization: The World Health Organization is the organization responsible for directing and coordinating matters having to do with health in the United Nations. WHO also guides health researchers, decides norms and standards, and provides leadership on other global health issues.
National Association of Local Boards of Health: The National Association of Local Boards of Health provides a professional network for local health officials and keeps them updated on relevant news while providing a collective voice that advocates for the needs of members.
National Association of County and City Health Officials: The National Association of County and City Health Officials is an advocacy group for public health professionals working in the 2700 local health departments across the United States.
Association of Schools for Public Health: The Association of Schools for Public Health represents the Council on Education for Public Health and operates on the philosophy of “you are only as healthy as the world you live in”. The organization works to develop solutions to and preventative measures for the most prominent health issues facing the United States.
Caribbean Epidemiology Center: The Caribbean Epidemiology Center is committed to the improvement of public health in the Caribbean through the accumulation and dissemination of health and disease prevention information.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists: The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists represents epidemiologists located in member states. CSTE provides support and advice to numerous public health organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and others.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: Consisting of over 14,000 members, The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, APIC is devoted to the cause of creating a safer world through infection prevention.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials is a national non-profit organization devoted to representing and supporting public health agencies and the over 100,000 public health professionals employed by these agencies.
Association of Public Health Laboratories: The Association of Public Health Laboratories strives to strengthen laboratories through advocacy and other means of support in order to improve U.S. and international public health.
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is a worldwide organization founded in 1903 and is devoted to the cause of the prevention and control of the myriad diseases (infectious and otherwise) that disproportionately affect the poor of the tropical regions.
American Public Health Association: Working to improve public health since 1872, the American Public Health Association is the oldest organization of its kind. The organization has been devoted to preventing the spread and contraction of serious diseases and exposure to serious health risks throughout the whole of its long history.
National Environmental Health Association: Founded in California in the 1930s, the National Environmental Health Association spearheaded the development of a national professional society for environmental heath professionals.
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: One of the oldest publications of its kind, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences is a review article journal that covers myriad specialized areas of health and science.
Annual Review of Public Health: The Annual Review of Public Health has covered significant advancements in the field of public health since 1980.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health: The Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health is a quarterly, peer reviewed journal focusing specifically on public health issues in the Asia-Pacific Region.
American Journal of Preventative Medicine: The American Journal of Preventative Medicine publishes articles focused on prevention research, teaching, practice, and policy.
British Medical Journal: The British Medical Journal is one of the foremost medical journals in the world and also one of the oldest, published continuously since 1840. The journal is geared toward medical professionals but also contains articles on matters of general public health.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization: The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is an international Public Health journal with the majority of its attention focused on the health situations of developing countries.
Canadian Journal of Public Health: The Canadian Journal of Public Health is the primary resource for Canadian public health professionals. CJPH is published bi-monthly and is available to paid subscribers and members of the Canadian Public Health Association.
Harvard Public Health Magazine: The Havard Public Health Magazine is a great resource for public health professionals looking to stay on the cutting edge of every aspect of the field.
American Journal of Public Health: The American Journal of Public Health advances research, policy, practice and education through the publication of articles presenting original work in research, research methods and program evaluation.
American Journal of Preventative Medicine: One of the premier journals in preventative medicine, the American Journal of Preventative Medicine publishes articles on prevention research, practice, policy and teaching.
Podcasts and Webcasts
CDC Podcasts: There are several public health themed podcast series produced by the CDC covering a wide array of public health topics.
University at Albany Podcast: The University at Albany offers public health professionals, doctors and nurses aimed at keeping public health workers current on public health issues as they develop.
World Health Organization Podcast: The World Health Organization podcast brings public health professionals news from around the globe.
Association of Schools of Public Health Webinars: The Association of Schools of Public Health produces regular webinars on current issues facing public health professionals.
New York State Department of Health Webcasts: The New York State Department of Health has an archive of webcasts dealing with a wide array of hot button issues in the world of public health. Webcasts can be viewed live as they happen, or at any time in the archive.
Public Health Reports Webcasts: This “meet the author” style webcast series provides public health professionals the chance to ask quesitons of some of the leading authors in the field of public health.
CDC Blogs: This is the blog listing for the CDC sponsored blogs. The blogs are high quality and very topical in the public health industry.
Alliance for Aging Research Blog: The blog of the Alliance for Aging Research produces articles for laypeople and professionals alike on improving the quality of life and general health of the elderly.
Healthcare Economist: This blog deals primarily with the economics of healthcare and public health. The articles are high quality and insightful. The blog’s economic analysis of current events in the healthcare and public health industries from an inside perspective is a fantastic resource.
Center for Global Development Blog: The Center for Global Development’s blog Global Health Policy is a group blog devoted to discussing health issues facing the global community with a special focus on the donor community.
Global Bioethics Blog: The Global Bioethics Blog is devoted to the promotion of discourse and reflection on bioethical and research ethics issues facing sub-saharan Africa. The issues this blog covers, while it uses the situations in Africa as the springboard for discussion, affect the global health community.
The Lancet: This is The Lancet’s page where all of their content on global health is aggregated.
Health Journalism Blog: Health Journalism is a blog maintained by the Association of Health Care Journalists intended to help keep journalists and practitioners alike informed of health issues in our society.
Public Health Science Conference: The Public Health Science Conference is an interdisciplinary national conference of the United Kingdom produced by the Royal Society of Medicine, London School of Tropical Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, National Heart Forum and The Lancet.
International Conference on Global Health: The International Conference on Global Public Health is a conference devoted to the promotion of global public health and is targeted at health educators, doctors, paramedics, scientists, researchers, academics, health officials and many other professions that cross paths with the health industry.
American Public Health Association Conference: The annual meeting/conference of the American Public Health Association, this conference’s primary goal is professional development and education.
Public Health and Palliative Care Conference: This conference aims to education on the importance of the social community’s support of individuals and families of individuals with advanced debilitating disease and to demonstrate that public health in society sees a net gain in communities that rally around those in this type of need.