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Where to Search for Public Health Research
Unrestricted Resource PubMed (MEDLINE)
The National Library of Medicine's free interface for MEDLINE, the premier database for biomedical journal citations. PubMed dates back to 1946 and includes more than 32 million citations in medicine, nursing, allied health, and dentistry. PubMed also includes citations from PubMed Central and the NCBI Bookshelf.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff CINAHL Complete
The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is a full-text database for nursing and allied health journals from 1937 to present. Includes access to scholarly journal articles, dissertations, magazines, pamphlets, evidence-based care sheets, books, and research instruments. How to Export to RefWorks

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff GenderWatch
Database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas - including health and wellness. With its archival material, dating back to 1970 in some cases, GenderWatch is a repository of important historical perspectives on the evolution of the women's movement, men's studies, the transgendered community and the changes in gender roles over the years.
Books & eBooks in Public Health
Clinical Epidemiology: The Essentials, 6th Edition by Grant S. Fletcher (2021)

Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness, 8th Edition by Rachel Spector, 2013. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor RA 418.5.T73 S64 2013 - 2 copies available for checkout

Encyclopedia of Public Health by William Kirch, 2008

Encyclopedia of Public Health: Principles, People and Programs edited by Sally Kuykendall, 2018

Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, 3rd edition by Lisa Sullivan, 2018

Essentials of Health, Culture, and Diversity: Understanding People, Reducing Disparities by Mark Edber, 2013. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor RA 418.E327 2013 - 2 copies available for checkout

Gordis Epidemiology, 6th edition, 2019

Introduction to Public Health, 6th edition by Mary-Jane Schneider, 2020

Public Health 101: Improving Community Health, 3rd edition by Richard Riegelman, 2018

Public Health Emergency Preparedness: A Practical Approach for the Real World by Mary Elise Papke, 2018

Public Health: What It Is and How It Works, 6th edition by Bernard J. Turnock, 2018

The Health of Sexual Minorities: Public Health Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations by Ilan Meyer and Mary Northridge, 2007

Jekel's Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Preventive Medicine, and Public Health, 5th Edition by Joann G. Elmore, 2020
Books & eBooks in Health Policy & Law
Essentials of Health Policy and Law, 4th edition by Joel B Teitelbaum and Sara E. Wilensk, 2019.

Health Policymaking in the United States, 6th edition by Beaufort Longest, 2016

Understanding Health Policy: A Clinical Approach, 8th edition by Thomas Bodenheimer, Kevin Grumbach, 2020
Books & eBooks in Global Health
Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives by James Johnson and Carleen Stroskopf, eds, 2010. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor RA 441.C663 2010 - 1 copy available for checkout

Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health by Sana Loue and Martha Sajatovic, 2012.

From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice by Anne Firth Murray, 2008. Reviews the major issues in global women's health in the last thirty years including rights, poverty, violence, discrimination, and labor. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor HG 1240.5 D44 - 1 copy available for checkout 

Global Health 101, 4th Edition by Richard Skolni, 2020.

Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: An Economic and Policy Perspective by Richard Smith and Kara Hanson, eds, 2011. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor RA 410.55.D44H45 2012 - 1 copy available for checkout

Understanding Global Health, 2nd edition by William H. Markle, Melanie A. Fisher, Raymond A. Smego Jr., 2014.
Research Assistance
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Research Consultation
Request a one-on-one meeting with a medical librarian to discuss in-depth information needs such as the literature search for your Capstone project. Use our Research Consultation Calendar to book your appointment.
Healthy People 2030
Government Agencies & Associations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The leading national public health institute of the United States; its main purpose is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally. It also conducts research, tracks key vital statistics, and provides consumer health education.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses.

AHA Center for Health Innovation - Population Health
Information for hospitals on population health fundamentals, management, partnering with the community and more.

Public Health Statistics & Information
Library Subscribed Databases:
Unrestricted Resource ICPSR
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is the world's largest collection of digital social science data. These data can be used for secondary research, instructional activities, and to write articles, papers or theses.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff PolicyMap
This resource is a U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for college students and faculty.  Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Statistical Abstract of the United States (Proquest)
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Online is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States – including vital and health statistics. It is also designed to serve as a guide to other statistical publications and sources, both in print and on the Web. 

Consumer Health Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Data & Statistics - provides data and statistics by topic as well as links to major reporting systems and tools.

HealthMap: Global Disease Alerts monitors disease outrbreaks and real-time surveillance of emerging public health threats across the globe

Unrestricted Resource MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It offers reliable, up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in plain language. An excellent source for patient information.
The following websites feature information, facts, and statistics on health, economy, education, language, mortality, immigration, environment, and much more on hundreds of global nations!

The Latino Patient: A Cultural Guide for Health Care Providers by Nilda Chong, 2002.

Medical Spanish Made Incredibly Easy.  3rd edition, 2009

Complete Medical Spanish3rd edition, 2015


English-Spanish Medical Dictionary, 3rd Edition by Glenn T. Rogers. Includes 20,000 terms with English-Spanish, Spanish-English translations, and common dialogue. Location: 2 reference copies available in the Medical Library Study Room

McGraw-Hill's Complete Medical Spanish: Practical Spanish for Quick & Confident Communication, 2nd Edition by Joanna Rios and Jose Fernandez Torres. Includes course book and three interactive CDs with lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced audiences on the body, physical examination, interviewing, and treating Spanish-speaking patients. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor PC 4120.M3 R56 2010 - 1 copy available for check out (Accompanying CDs available at the Circulation Desk)

Medical Spanish, 4th Edition by Gail Bongiovanni. Easy Yes/No question and answer format for patient interviews, physical examinations, and instructions. Expanded coverage for topics such as patient privacy, consent, birth control, and HIV. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor PC 4120.M3 B6 2005 - 1 copy available for check out

Rapid Rescue Spanish by Paul Maxwell. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor PC 4120.M3 M39 2006 - 1 copy available for check out

Spanish for Health Care Professionals, 3rd Edition by William C. Harvey. Reviews common clinical terminology and expressions in Spanish, including the body, history taking, physical examination, emergency situations, and speaking with pediatric or geriatric patients. Location: Kresge Library 3rd Floor PC 4120.M3 H37 2008 - 1 copy available for check out