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Public Health

Research in environmental/occupational epidemiology requires an interdisciplinary approach.

Evidence is Essential to Public Health

  • Provides access to more and higher-quality information on what works.
    • Decisions based on best available peer-reviewed quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Provides a higher likelihood of successful programs and policies being implemented.
    • Engages community in assessment and decision-making.
  • Leads to greater workforce productivity.
    • Use data and information systems systematically.
  • Increases accountability by supporting more efficient use of public and private resources.
    • Disseminating what is learned to key stakeholders and decision makers.

Source: Brownson RC, Fielding JE, and Maylahn CM. Evidence-based public health: a fundamental concept for public health practice. Annu Rev Public Health 2009; 30:175-201.

Winnable Battles Resources

Winnable battles look at targeting major health challenges by using programs that have shown significant progress in preventing the leading causes of illness, injury, death, and disability.


Health Status Resources

Funding and Financing

Public health finance looks at the acquisition, utilization, and management fo resources for public health functions. Funding comes from a variety of entities including:

  • Federal funds - population-based formula programs, incidence/prevalence-based formulas, competitive grants
  • State and local funds - variable
  • County and city revenues - variable

Rural Public Health

Data Resources

There are other data resources that aren't specifically for health, but would be of interest in learning about a community.