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Public Health Leadership and Management

Public Health Leadership and Management
Cases and Context

First Edition

September 2001 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The fifteen case studies in this book place the reader in a wide variety of real public health leadership situations. . . . Each situation is presented to the student with the swirl of communications, conflicts, and conundrums that I have found accompany any difficult public health leadership judgment. The case writers have done a very good job of placing the student in public health decisional situations that, to me, feel like the reality of my own professional life."

—William L. Roper, MD, MPH, Dean, School of Public Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from the Foreword

The six chapters and fifteen cases contained in this book challenge students to ask the appropriate questions and stimulate their thinking about public health leadership and management.

The chapters provide the student with:

  • a framework and tools for case analysis, and
  • the important environmental context of the health care system in general and public health systems specifically.

The 15 public health case studies:

  • are all based on actual situations faced by real public health leaders
  • encompass all of the core disciplines in public health
  • are geographically diverse, and include international content, and
  • provide substantial detail that immerses the student in meaningful decisional simulations.

The situations presented by each case are vivid and provide not only a basis for practicing professional public health judgments but also provide a lasting impression that aids in retention of the lessons learned.


Analyzing Public Health Cases
Information Sources for Public Health Leaders
Oral Presentations in Public Health Settings
Financial Analysis in Health Care Organizations
Industry Note 1
US Health Care System

Industry Note 2
Public Health

Case 1
CDC and the Mantookan Blood Supply: A Tough Management Decision

Case 2

Case 3
The Indiana State Department of Public Health: Managing Strategically

Case 4
Cooper Green Hospital and the Community Care Plan

Case 5
InterMark: Designing UNICEF's Oral Rehydration Program in Zambia

Case 6
The New York State West Nile Virus Outbreak: What Should Be Nassau County's Response?

Case 7
The Indian Health Service: Creating a Climate for Change

Case 8
Three Vexing Cases in Health Care Ethics

Case 9
DeKalb County Board of Public Health: (A) and (B)

Case 10
Red Tide and Red Ink in Escambia County, Florida

Case 11
The New Mexico Meningococcal Outbreak

Case 12
C W Williams Community Health Center

Case 13
Building for the Future of Public Health in Alabama

Case 14
Possible Bioterrorism in New Hampshire: A Public Health Response

Case 15
Despierta! A Physician's Stark Encounter with the Grim Human Toll of a Preventable Public Health Problem

Key features
  • Gives students and practitioners experience in analyzing the health care environment, preparing a decision or plan appropriate for the environment, and developing implementation plans for the accomplishment of the decision or plan
  • Assists students and practitioners in relating prior knowledge and experiences to specific problem solving situations
  • Offers students and practitioners opportunities to engage in and manage a group decision making process

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