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Evidence-Based Public Health Practice

Evidence-Based Public Health Practice

January 2012 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Designed for students and practitioners, this practical book shows how to do evidence-based research in public health. As a great deal of evidence-based practice occurs online, it focuses on how to find, use, and interpret online sources of public health information. It also includes examples of community-based participatory research and shows how to link data with community preferences and needs. Each chapter begins with specific learning objectives and concludes with practice exercises geared to the objectives. Each chapter also contains a list of key terms that are an essential part of an evidence-based public health practitioner's vocabulary. The book includes a comprehensive glossary and hundreds of online and print references, examples, and charts.


Chapter 1. Public Health Practice and the Best Available Evidence
Chapter 2. Community Health and Health Service Needs and Evidence-Based Programs
Chapter 3. Finding the Best Available Evidence: Questions, Practical Concerns and Ethics
Chapter 4. Research Design, Validity and Best Available Evidence
Chapter 5. Wanted! Valid and Meaningful Data as Proof of Best Available Evidence
Chapter 6. The Best Available Evidence: Quality, Strength, Implementation and Evaluation

“Its emphasis on “evidence-based” is extremely important and relevant, given that funding agencies at all levels are demanding evidence-based practices and sound methods to evaluate public health programs. The end-of-chapter questions and exercises are a great addition to the text that will allow students to critically apply the knowledge gained from the chapters.”

Deric R. Kenne
Kent State University

“It covers a very important topic for the future of public health. There are few very other texts in print that cover this material.”

W. Douglas Evans
The George Washington University

Excellent material to assist the individual in the decision making process. The text will also benefit the student to assist in the research process of writing a dissertation.

Professor Debby Cardillo
Allied Health, Brown Mackie College - Canton
November 18, 2012
Key features

Key Features

  • Gives hundreds of examples of how to access and evaluate public health research studies, policy statements, and statistical databases in the search for best available evidence.
  • Provides validated guidelines and checklists for identifying and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of online reference databases and the research literature
  • Explains how to work with communities to identify their health care needs and use the best available evidence to meet these needs and improve public health practice
  • Demonstrates how to effectively distinguish between evidence-based public health practitioners and evaluation researchers and other health scientists in their perspectives, skills, and concerns for research ethics
  • Provides links to public health sites for information on evidence-based public health practices.


Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Public Health Practice


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