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This subject covers: the area of study usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search MEDLINE databases for journal articles in the health sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

Covers the most of the sciences, including veterinary medicine and zoology. Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 70% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work. Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "5,300 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. Impact factors for many journals is also available. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

General Reference Sources


Introduction to cost-effectiveness -- Principles of cost-effectiveness analysis -- Developing a research project -- Working with costs -- Probabilities and models -- Calculating life expectancy -- Working with health-related quality-of-life measures -- Calculating QALYS -- Conducting a sensitivity analysis -- Preparing your study for publication -- Working with data -- Finding the data you need.

Pt. I. Perspectives. Overview: the state of health care delivery in the United States / James R. Knickman and Anthony R. Kovner -- Measuring health status / Mary Ann Chiasson and Steven Jonas -- Financing health care / Kelly A. Hunt and James R. Knickman -- Public health: policy, practice, and perceptions / Laura C. Leviton, Scott D. Rhodes, and Carol S. Chang -- The role of government in U.S. health care / Michael S. Sparer -- Comparative analysis of helath systems among wealthy nations / Victor G. Rodwin -- Pt. II. Providing health care. Acute care / Marc N. Gourevitch, Carol A. Caronna, and Gary E. Kalkut -- Chronic care / Gerard F. anderson and James R. Knickman -- Long-term care / Penny Hollander Feldman, Pamela Nadash, and Michal D. Gursen -- Health-related behavior / C. Tracy Orleans and Elaine F. Cassidy -- Pharmaceuticals / Robin J. Strongin, Ron Geigle, and Victoria A. Wicks -- The health care workforce / Carol S. Brewer and Thomas C. Rosenthal -- Information management / Roger Kropf -- Pt. III. System performance. Governance, management, and accountability / Anthony R. Kovner -- The complexity of health care quality / Douglas S. Wakefield and Bonnie J. Wakefield -- Access to care / John Billings and Joel C. Cantor -- Costs and value / Steven A. Finkler and Thomas E. Getzen -- Pt. IV. The future. The future of helath care delivery in the United States / James R. Kickman and Anthony R. Kovner -- Pt. V. Appendices. Append. A. Glossary / Anthony R. Kovner -- Append. B. A guide to sources of data / Jennifer A. Nelson and Mary Ann Chiasson -- Append. C. Useful health care web sites / Kelli A. Hurdle.

Principles of health care management : compliance, consumerism, and accountability in the 21st century

An overview of the U.S. health system -- The U.S. health system in vivo -- The health care industry : a managerial model -- Setting objectives in the health industry -- Management in industry and health care -- The board of directors -- Motivation -- Theory Z : an alternative approach -- Machiavelli and health care management -- Structure and staffing of health care organizations -- Financial management of health care organizations -- Legal imperatives for health care administrators -- Corporate compliance : an overview -- Corporate compliance : the case law -- Corporate compliance : guidance from the government -- Strategic planning -- Epilogue.

Sect. I. Investigating health services and health: the scope of research. 1. Evaluating health services: multidisciplinary collaboration -- 2. Social research on health: sociological and psychological concepts and approaches. 1. Health and illness -- 2. Social factors in illness and responses to illness -- 3. Models of health behaviour -- 4. Health-related quality of life -- 5. Interactions between health professionals patients -- 3. Health needs and their assessment: demography and epidemiology. 1. The assessment of health needs -- 2. Epidemiology -- 3. The role of demography -- 4. Costing health services: health economics -- Sect. II. The philosophy, theory and practice of research. 5. The philosophical framework of measurement -- 6. The principles of research -- Sect. III. Quantitative research: sampling and research methods. 7. Sample size and sampling for quantitative research. 1. Calculation of sample size, statistical significance and sampling -- 2. Methods of sampling -- 8. Quantitative research: surveys. 1. Survey methods -- 2. Methods of analyzing change in longitudinal studies -- 9. Quantitative research: experiments and other analytic methods of investigation -- 10. Sample selection and group assignment methods in experiments and other analytic methods -- Sect. IV. The tools of quantitative research. 11. Data collection methods in quantitative research: questionnaires, interviews and their response rates -- 12. Questionnaire design -- 13. Techniques of survey interviewing -- 14. Preparation of quantitative data for coding and analysis -- Sect. V. Qualitative and combined research methods, and their analysis. 15. Unstructured and structured observational studies -- 16. Unstructured interviewing and focus grops. 1. Unstructured interviews -- 2. Focus groups -- 17. Mixed research approaches. 1. Case studies -- 2. Consensus methods -- 3. Action rsearch and rapdi appraisal techniques -- 4. Document research.

Social and behavioral foundations of public health

Pt. I. Introduction and overview. Why study social and behavioral factors in health? / Jeannine Coreil -- Historical perspectives on population and disease / Jeannine Coreil -- Social epidemiology / Jeannine Coreil -- Pt. II. Theoretical foundations. Behavioral and social science theory / Jeannine Coreil -- Health and illness behavior / Jeannine Coreil -- The social environment and health / Jeannine Coreil -- Pt. III. Sociocultural context of health. Social reactions to disease / Jeannine Coreil -- Comparative health cultures / Jeannine Coreil -- Health disparities, diversity, and cultural competence / Jeannine Coreil --Pt. IV. Special populations through the life cycle. Reproductive health / Wendy L. Hellerstedt -- Adolescent health / Mimi Nichter -- Public health and aging / J. Neil Henderson and L. Carson Henderson -- Pt. V. Intervention, methods, and practice. Planning health promotion and disease prevention programs / Eric R. Buhi, Rita DiGioacchino DeBate, and Robert J. McDermott -- Community-based approaches to health promotion / Carol A. Bryant -- Social marketing in public health / Carol A. Bryant -- Approaches to policy and advocacy / Linda M. Whiteford -- Pt. VI. Special topics. Childhood overweight and obesity / Rita DiGioacchino DeBate, Carol A. Bryant, and Marissa Zwald -- Mental health and illness: a public health perspective / Stephanie L. Marhefka -- Prevention of unintentional injuries / Karen Liller -- Violence and public health / Martha Coulter -- Occupational health / Paul E. Spector and Chu-Hsiang Chang -- Afterword: new directions / Jeannine Coreil.

Internet Resources


This blog, authored by the Bio-Medical Library liaison to the School of Public Health is intended to keep faculty, staff, and students up-to-date on library resources and services of interest to those in public health.

Electronic Texts

Introduction: the paradox of excess and deprivation -- Paying for health care -- Access to health care -- Reimbursing health care providers -- How health care in organized - I -- How health care is organized - II -- The health care workforce and the education of health professionals -- Painful versus painless cost control -- Mechanisms for control costs -- Quality of health care -- Prevention of illness -- Long-term care -- Medical ethics and rationing of health care -- Health care in four nations -- National health insurance -- Conflict and change in America's health care system -- Conclusion : tensions and challenges

Web Sites

A variety of data and surveys covering health care costs and expenditures in the U.S.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds programs that improve the Nation's health by expanding access to comprehensive, quality health care for all Americans. HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through state programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Includes recommended citation format styles for journals, books, conference publications, patents, audio visuals, electronic information, maps, legal materials, newspaper articles, bibliographies, dissertations, and scientific reports. "Internet formats" supplement available at

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.

Writing Guides

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper.

Pt. I. Some preliminaries. What is scientific writing? -- Historical perspectives -- Approaching a writing project -- What is a scientific paper? -- Ethics in scientific publishing -- Where to submit your manuscript -- Pt. II. Preparing the text. How to prepare the title -- How to list the authors and addresses -- How to prepare the abstract - How to write the introduction -- How to write the materials and methods section --How to write the results -- How to write the discussion -- How to state the acknowledgments -- How to cite the references -- Pt. III. Preparing the tables and figures. How to design effective tables -- How to prepare effective graphs -- How to prepare effective photographys -- Pt. IV. Publishing the paper. Rights and permissions -- How to submit the manuscript -- The review process (how to deal with editors) -- The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) -- Pt. V. Doing other writing for publication. How to write a review paper -- How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) -- How to write a book chapter or a book -- How to write for the public -- Pt. VI. conference communications. How to present a paper orally -- How to prepare a poster -- How to write a conference report -- Pt. VII. Scientific style. Use and misuse of English -- Avoiding jargon -- How and when to use abbreviations -- Writing clearly across cultures and media -- How to write science in English as a foreign language -- Pt. VIII. Other topics in scientific communication. How to write a thesis -- How to prepare a curriculum vitae -- How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports -- How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one -- How to work with the media -- How to provide peer review -- How to seek a scientific-communication career.

Library Information

Bio-Medical Library

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