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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ross M. Mullner, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book describes in detail the myriad career specialties in the field of public health, identifying specific job duties, qualifications, necessary skills, salary expectations, and career ladders for each occupation. The occupations covered include public health nursing, epidemiology, and public health administration, among others.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose of this book is to complement texts and courses on public health in graduate and undergraduate programs, provide a standalone introduction to career possibilities for individuals interested in a career in the health sector, and to advance the notion that public health workers are the most important asset and most critical component of the public health infrastructure.
Audience: This is a valuable source of information for anyone interested in working in public health. Dr. Turnock is very well qualified to write this book. He was formerly the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health and he is currently Clinical Professor of Community Health Science and the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. It also should be noted that Dr. Turnock has written a number of other excellent books on various public health topics.
Features: The book consists of 10 chapters, and a number of appendixes as well as a large, detailed index. An interesting and valuable feature is the inclusion of a typical day for each occupational group it discusses.
Assessment: This is the first comprehensive book about public health workers and it is a major contribution to the field. This well-written, well-researched, and informative book should be read by anyone considering a career in public health!