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Research in Public Health

Public health is primarily concerned with preventing injury and preventing and/or responding to infectious disease among populations, which can be defined broadly, such as the population of a single local community or the world population. Public health is an interdisciplinary field that addresses the American public health system, community-based health services, disease proliferation, and epidemiology.

Students may have the opportunity to complete case studies, do community assessments, and develop programs for community issues and populations. Because public health is interdisciplinary, students may need to look for research materials on ethics, law, medicine, psychology, biology, social sciences or examine various issues relating to families, society, diversity, and public institutions.

This guide is a starting point; don't hesitate to ask a librarian for further assistance.

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This guide was initially created by Gustavus student Amber Wolfinger '21, as part of her Spring 2021 library internship.

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