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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jessica C Baxter, MSN (Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center)
Description: This book describes how to use games and simulation to help students understand public health systems, including trending, epidemiology, and behavior choices.
Purpose: The purpose is to expose students to computer games to assist them in understanding aspects of health behavior. These are worthy objectives, but the book is heavily text driven, the illustrations are poor, and the application does not meet the objectives.
Audience: According to the foreword, the book is written for educators.
Features: The book reviews concepts of public health epidemiology and how to create simulations and/or games to help students apply these concepts. The best part of the book is the innovative application concept. However, the examples it uses are not engaging and the illustrations are very poor.
Assessment: This is not a book I would use — it is very dry and does not excite the educator to attempt a new pedagogy.