Public Health Resources

Library Resources


Browse Public Health Books
Browse a list of the library's Public Health books, or use the library catalog to do a more specific search.  

Browse Epidemiology Books
Browse a list of the library's epidemiology books, or use the library catalog to do a more specific search.  

Browse Environmental Health Books
Browse a list of the library's environmental health books, or use the library catalog to do a more specific search.   

Library Databases

Fusion allows users to search across almost all of the library's resources, including bibliographic and full-text databases, and the library's catalog. Tips: enter your search terms in the main search box. To used the Advanced Search Function, click "Search Options," and then "Advanced Search." 

PubMed is a comprehensive biomedical database containing bibliographic information on millions of citations from thousands of journals. Follow this link for tips on using PubMed to find public health related resources.

Scopus \"Long Sleeves are Hazardous"
Scopus is a multidisciplinary database that focuses on the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields. Scopus allows users to perform citation searching by displaying a hyperlinked list of an item's referenced articles, as well as a list of articles that have cited an item since its publication. 

PsycINFO contains citations and abstracts from nearly 2000 publications in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines.

SocINDEX should be used by those seeking research in sociology and related sub-disciplines, including criminology and criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, political sociology, religion, rural and urban sociology, social development, social psychology, social structure and social work.  

ProQuest Congressional
ProQuest Congressional can be used to locate Congressional documents and perform legislative histories. It is also very useful for tracking legislation and major public policy issues, locating recent Congressional documents and related material in full text, and learning more about Congress and the legislative process. 

LexisNexis Academic
Find U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information, in addition to full-text newspaper & journal articles on all topics, as well as business, legal, and medical information. 

Web Resources

Public Health and Health Services Organizations

Find extensive information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. Search individual databases such as ChemIDPlus, HSDB, TOXLINE, LactMed, and Household Products individually or as a group.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) \"Parents of Earth, Are Your Children Fully Immunized?"
Find clinical information, evidence reports, news information, grant information, surveys, health information technology, complete scientific studies, original research reports, and information on priority populations

American Public Health Association (APHA)
Find Public Health advocacy tips, reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, information on public health programs, conferences, fellowships, academic and professional resources, and much more. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Find information and resource for both consumers and health professionals on the CDC's website. The CDC is a great place to start when you need to find health related statistics. 

World Health Organization (WHO)
Find extensive information on global health and burden of disease. 

Partners in Health
Partners in Health is a collaboration of the US government, public health agencies and health sciences libraries. Find collections of information resources on a number of public health related topics.

Health and Population Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is the largest US provider of health related statistics. The NCHS page includes: 

  • FastStats A-Z
    Quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance. Links are provided to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
  • National Vital Statistics System
    Access to birth, death, fetal mortality, and maternal and infant health statistics and data.

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
Find statistics on burden of violence and injury, motor vehicle safety, traumatic brain injury, and home safety.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Find statistics on crime, criminal courts, corrections, law enforcement and victims.

Behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) \"Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Fight AIDS, Act Up"
BRFSS collects information on health risk behaviors, preventive health practices, and health care access primarily related to chronic disease and injury. Find data on asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, health care coverage, cancer prevalence, and tobacco use, to name only a few.

United States Census
Population and demographic, as well as business and commerce related statistics for the United States.    

Professional Resources

The Community Tool Box
Practical resources for work in promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources.

National Center for Cultural Competence
Find tools to design, implement and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent services and programs.

Resources for Academic & Research Success

Refworks Create your own personal database of references which are correctly formatted in any citation style you choose: APA, MLA, and hundreds more. Insert citations into your research papers and automatically create a formatted bibliography in the citation style of your choice.

Ask a Librarian
Get help from a librarian via IM, email, phone or in-person.

Database Search Tips
Find some basic database search tips, brought to you by your USF librarians.

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources
Find information about accessing library resources when you're not on campus. 

The Learning & Writing Center
The Learning & Writing Center offers free academic support to all USF students, including tutoring and writing assistance, and questions about formatting and citing papers.