Public Health: Career Choices That Make A Difference / Edition 1

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Overview

Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference is the first book about public health workers, both current and future, and what they do. This book offers basic information for those considering a career in public health. This innovative title emphasizes key aspects of the work of different public health occupations and titles in order to provide an understanding of the tasks of public health jobs and careers.
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Reviewer: 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!
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763737900
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/16/2006
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 1,026,244
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
The Public Health Workforce     1
Brief History of Public Health Practice     2
Definitions of Public Health     7
Public Health Work and Public Health Workers     11
Size and Distribution of the Public Health Workforce     13
Composition of the Public Health Workforce     19
Public Health Worker Ethics, Skills, and Competencies     21
Conclusion     24
Public Health Occupations and Organizations     27
Characteristics of Public Health Occupations     27
Occupational Classifications     30
Public Health Practice Profile     36
Important and Essential Duties     38
Minimum Qualifications     38
Workplace Considerations     39
Salary Estimates     39
Career Prospects     40
Additional Information     41
Public Health Organizations and Agencies     42
Conclusion     55
Public Health Administration     57
Occupational Classification     57
Public Health Practice Profile     59
Important and Essential Duties     60
Minimum Qualifications     66
WorkplaceConsiderations     71
Salary Estimates     73
Career Prospects     73
Additional Information     74
Conclusion     76
Environmental and Occupational Health     77
Occupational Classification     78
Public Health Practice Profile     81
Important and Essential Duties     81
Minimum Qualifications     90
Workplace Considerations     96
Salary Estimates     97
Career Prospects     99
Additional Information     100
Conclusion     103
Public Health Nursing     105
Occupational Classification     107
Public Health Practice Profile     107
Important and Essential Duties     108
Minimum Qualifications     113
Workplace Considerations     117
Salary Estimates     118
Career Prospects     119
Additional Information     120
Conclusion     123
Epidemiology and Disease Control     125
Occupational Classification     125
Public Health Practice Profile     128
Important and Essential Duties     129
Minimum Qualifications     135
Workplace Considerations     140
Salary Estimates     141
Career Prospects     142
Additional Information     143
Conclusion     143
Public Health Education and Information     147
Occupational Classification     147
Public Health Practice Profile     149
Important and Essential Duties     149
Minimum Qualifications     154
Workplace Considerations     159
Salary Estimates     159
Career Prospects     160
Additional Information     161
Conclusion     167
Other Public Health Professional Occupations     169
Nutritionists and Dieticians     170
Public Health Social, Behavioral, and Mental Health Workers     174
Public Health Laboratory Workers     179
Public Health Physicians, Veterinarians, and Pharmacists     185
Public Health Dental Workers     186
Administrative Judges and Hearing Officers     187
Additional Information     187
Conclusion     188
Public Health Program Occupations     191
Public Health Program Specialists and Coordinators      192
Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Coordinators     198
Public Health Policy Analysts     201
Public Health Information Specialists and Analysts     203
Community Outreach and Other Technical Occupations     204
Additional Information     205
Conclusion     206
Looking to the Future     207
Public Health Workforce Growth     208
Public Health Workforce Distribution and Composition     212
Public Health Workforce Skills and Competencies     217
Public Health Workforce Development     223
Conclusion     225
Appendices     229
Council on Linkages Between Academia and Practice Core Competencies with Skill Levels     231
Core Public Health Worker Competencies for Emergency Preparedness and Response     241
Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Core Competency Development Project Version 1.2     245
Accredited Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs     253
Public Health Training, Continuing Education, and Employment Resources for Public Health Workers     265
Index     267
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