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Module Reading List

Principles of Public Health, 2021/22, Semester D03
Maryam Ba-Break
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading  List

This is a module with a wide range and includes many topics related to public health. The list below will provide you with some selected references about public health themes, journals, and websites.  You are not expected to read multiple books on the same subjects(s) (but feel free to do so if you can!), but a good approach when trying to learn a new topic is try relevant chapters from a few different books and find the book(s) that you learn from most easily and use them. You will receive further recommendations during each teaching session.

All hyperlinks (blue underlined text linking to internet pages) link to books/articles freely available through the UoL library or other websites.

1.      Selected books and articles

1.1.  Public Health and Interventions

1.2.  Health Service and District Organization

1.3.  Epidemiology and Statistics 1.3.1.      Epidemiology

1.3.2.      Statistics

1.4.  Specific Health Problems 1.4.1.      Communicable Diseases

1.4.2.      Mental Health

1.4.3.      Non-communicable Diseases (Socially Transmitted Conditions)

1.4.4.      Sexual and Reproductive Health

1.5.  Specific Population Groups 1.5.1.      Adolescent Health

1.5.2.      Child Health

1.5.3.      Health of the Elderly

1.1.1.      Disaster and Crisis and Refugee Health

1.2.  Specific Topics 1.2.1.      Epidemics and Outbreak control

1.2.2.      Urban Health and Environmental Health

1.2.3.      Water and Sanitation

1.2.4.      Health Promotion

1.2.5.      Occupational Health

1.2.6.      Nutrition

1.1.1.      Gender, Equity and Diversity of people

1.1.2.      Globalization and Health

1.1.3.      Governance and Corruption

1.1.4.      Poverty

1.1.5.      Social Determinants of Health

1.1.6.      Dental public health:

2.      Selected journals

3.      Selected useful websites and online learning 

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Health statistics and information systems.   
  • UNHCR, The United Nation Refugee Agency.
  • World Health Organization, 2021. 1st WHO infodemic management training. World Health Organization.
  • African Health Statistics: .
  • American Red Cross International Services (2006) Integrated Planning Process, Project Design and Proposal Writing Guide. Washington: Red Cross.
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (National Institutes of Health) Methodology   
  • Campbell Collaboration. Promotion of positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice.
  • Center for Humanitarian Health. The Digest connects you to peer-reviewed articles on humanitarian health from a wide variety of journals in one place.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • BMJ Best Practice. Evidence at the Point of Care. It includes the systematic reviews of clinical evidence summarise the current state of knowledge - and uncertainty - about the prevention and treatment of clinical conditions, based on thorough searches and appraisal of the literature. They don't tell you what to do: they just describe the best available evidence from systematic reviews, RCTs, and observational studies where appropriate. And, if there is no good evidence, we say so. Clinical evidence provides open access to users from developing countries and is available to students from the University of Leeds.
  • Clinical Trials. This is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. It is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
  • Cochrane Collaboration, 2014. This is a reliable source of evidence in health care. 
  • Community Tool Box. A global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. Promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources.
  • Corruption prevention in humanitarian aid e-learning course.
  • Creative Commons Search. Please note that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license. If you are in doubt you should contact the copyright holder directly, or try to contact the site where you found the content.
  • Critical Study Approach. Manchester Metropolitan University (2010) TIPS – Critical reading, thinking and writing.
  • Demopaedia: Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume
  • E-learning: Preventing Corruption in Humanitarian Aid Transparency International Norwayand the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have developed a basic e-learning course targeting all employees especially programme staff, and partners in humanitarian operations on how to prevent corruption, identify risks and react to corruption.  
  • UNHCR. Emergency handbook: Preparedness Package for Refugee Emergencies (PPRE)
  • Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP)
  • Reliefweb website
  • EvidenceAid website. 
  • Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP)
  • AlertNet
  • Epidemic Intelligence Tutorial. The tutorial was developed by the the European Centre for disease prevention and control: 'Epidemic Intelligence (EI) can be defined as the process to detect, verify, analyse, assess and investigate public health events that may represent a threat to public health. Providing early warning signals is a central objective of public health surveillance systems. …This EI tutorial aims to illustrate the various Epidemic Intelligence steps in a European context and highlights the role both of EU Member States and of the Centre in promoting health security at the EU level. The tutorial has a broad target of potential users and should be considered as a training opportunity for national and international approaches to EI. It includes suggestions and material that can support in building up and improving capacities on EI principles and procedures in different working contexts. ….”
  • EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realise shared values of equity and social justice in health.
  • Essential Health Links (2010). EH-Links provides users with a linked list of health and medical-related web pages relevant to clinical and public health practice or research in developing and emerging countries with the objective of making it easier to locate and identify useful information. Emphasizing quality over quantity, EH-Links has selected only 750 sites out of the many thousands on the web. In addition, each webpage recommendation includes an annotated description of the site written by a health information specialist to guide the user to the best information sources.
  • Evidence-based Medicine (University of Ottawa).   
  • Evidence database-PDQ . The objective of PDQ-Evidence is to make relevant high quality research easy to find for anyone with a health system question. It is a non-commercial database, developed by health system researchers, designers and programmers from three continents. PDQ is funded in part by the EU 7th framework and Norad.
  • Gapminder. Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.
  • Global Health Data Exchange (GHDx): The world’s most comprehensive catalog of surveys, censuses, vital statistics, and other health-related data. 
  • Global Health Policy. This gateway on the US role in global health is 'an effort to provide policy-relevant and accessible information on the efficacy (the "what works") of key global health interventions, including the strength of the evidence. It is a web-based tool that summarizes findings for a range of prevention and treatment interventions designed to reduce the risk of death and disease in the developing world. Information is presented by health condition and in several formats, including a narrative overview, a key findings table, and a logic model.'
  • GRADE. The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (short GRADE) working group began in the year 2000 as an informal collaboration of people with an interest in addressing the shortcomings of grading systems in health care. The working group has developed a common, sensible and transparent approach to grading quality (or certainty) of evidence and strength of recommendations. Many international organizations have provided input into the development of the GRADE approach which is now considered the standard in guideline development.
  • GRADE-CerQual. It provides a transparent method for assessing the confidence of evidence from reviews of qualitative research, and indicating this confidence to end users, such as guideline panels or decision makers. CERQual uses a similar approach conceptually to other GRADE tools, but is intended for findings from systematic reviews of qualitative evidence.
  • HealthKnowledge. This learning resource is for anyone working in health, social care and well-being wherever they work or study. The resource allows you to access a broad range of learning materials for personal use or for teaching purposes in order to help everyone expand their public health knowledge. The resources have been set up within four different learning styles: Public Health Textbook, Text Courses, Video Courses, Management Training
  • Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) explanatory videos. Several short films produced by Health Systems Global and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research explaining health systems and policy and related research. 
  • Health Systems Evidence (McMasters University Canada). This is a continuously updated repository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems, and about implementation strategies that can support change in health systems.  [Accessed 10 October 2014]
  • Health System Assessment Resource Center. This is to help countries understand and strengthen their health systems, the Partners for Health Reformplus (PHRplus) (2001-2006) and Health Systems 20/20 (2006-2012) projects, with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with other projects and development partners, pilot tested and began developing the original Health System Assessment Approach in 2004. Since that time the approach has continued to be tested and the accompanying HSAA How to manual adjusted as a “living document”.
  • Health Workforce Information Solution (iHRIS). It provides health sector leaders and managers with the information they need to assess health workforce problems, plan effective interventions, and evaluate those interventions.
  • ID21 Communicating Development research for Global Issues
  • Mulford Health Science Library Instructions to authors in the health sciences. These pages provide links to Web sites which provide instructions to authors for over 6,000 journals in the health and life sciences. All links are to "primary sources" - that is, to publishers and organizations with editorial responsibilities for the titles.  
  • Lectures: 'Life and Death in 2100: Health, History and Human Contingency' - Dr Richard Horton .
  • National Centre for Research Methods (ESRC)
  • NICE (2014) Evidence search: health and social care.  
  • NHS (2015) Solutions for Public Health.
  • Overseas Development Institute (ODI) publications. This is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues
  • OXFAM Impact Evaluation Survey Data.
  • People’s Health Movement. Health for All Now!
  • Procurement & Supply Management (PSM toolbox) (2007). WHO AIDS Medicines and Diagnostics Service (AMDS) created a platform to improve access through the internet to procurement and supply management (PSM) tools. Any professional or organizations can submit a tool by using the submit option found in the PSM Toolbox database. WHO will accept or reject the submission based on objective criteria that the PSM Toolbox working group has developed.
  • Public Health 101 Series: Set of courses that provides an introduction to public health and covers the sciences essential to public health practice. The fundamental scientific components span topics in epidemiology, public health informatics and surveillance, health economics, public health laboratory science, and related fields.
  • Public Health information and Statistics – Leeds City Council. The sites listed below all provide reliable statistical data that can be used to support evidence-based practice and research in public health work.
  • Public Health Agency of Canada - Glossary of Terms (2010).
  • Public Health Glossary - A Terms and Definitions Guide for US Air Force Public Health Professionals (2009).
  • Public Health Law Glossary (2010).
  • Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme - Map of Sex Work Law: This is a map of national 'legal frameworks' around sex work. It aims to provide an accurate overview, in plain English. of the laws, regulations, directives and enforcement practices that govern the sale of sexual services by adult women.
  • Analytic Quality Glossary: Harvey, L., 2012–18, Quality Research International.
  • Social Research Methods Programme 2002-2007 (Economic and Social Research Council/ESRC) 
  • Researching the Real World. Social Research in Social Sciences: Harvey L 2012-2019.
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Supercourse, Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health
  • Supply Chain Management: People that Deliver (PtD)is a global partnership whose mission is to build global and national capacity to implement evidence-based approaches to plan, finance, develop, support and retain the national workforces needed for the effective, efficient and sustainable management of health supply chains.
  • Reproductive Health Supply Collation (LAPTOP) is a go-to course finder that offers you a world of training opportunities in supply chain management.
  • Troubled Desire. It offers Online-Self-Management for people who feel attracted to children and early adolescents and don't have the chance to get in real contact with therapists.
  • UK Public Health data gateway by Public Health England (PHE). The PHE Data and Knowledge Gateway gives direct access to analysis tools and resources for public health professionals from one single portal. Over 100 tools are available through the gateway. They cover a wide range of public health areas.
  • Urban Health and Disaster: Ten-point Checklist for Making Cities Resilient 
  • The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR). This is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, The World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standardsand the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The World Bank’s new Open Access Policy (effective July 1, 2012), and the OKR will both improve access to those who regularly use World Bank research outputs and knowledge products as well as increase the range of people who can now access Bank content—from governments and civil society organizations (CSOs), to students and the general public.

Health Systems Strengthening Glossary. World Health Organ

This list was last updated on 03/12/2021