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50 Excellent Public Health Web Sites Worth Bookmarking

Anyone who works in the public health sector may know that public health concerns local, regional, national and international health concerns. This list of 50 excellent public health Web sites are worth bookmarking if you need sources that offer assistance, news and information at all levels and in all topics from the flu to how the environment and animals contribute to public health issues.

Government Public Health

  1. CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC is the government’s go-to site for all topics related to public health.
  2. Department of Health and Human Services: A wide range of public health services exists under the HHS roof.
  3. Flu.gov: HHS is the managing sponsor for this site, which concentrates solely on various flu pandemics and information.
  4. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of food, drugs and products.
  5. Healthy People: Healthy People 2010 challenges individuals, communities and professionals to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
  6. National Institutes of Health: NIH is an agency of the HHS and is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and health-related research.
  7. National Library of Medicine: The NLM is an umbrella educational organization that contains databases and resources that range from PubMed to MedlinePlus and more.
  8. National Network of Libraries of Medicine: NN/LM advances the progress of medicine and improving the public health through access to health information.

Public Health Associations and Organizations

  1. APHAAmerican Public Health Association: APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.
  2. American Public Human Services Association: APHSA, founded in 1930, is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies and individuals.
  3. American Social Health Associations: ASHA is America’s authority for sexually transmitted infection information.
  4. Association of Schools of Public Health: ASPH promotes the efforts of schools of public health to improve the health of every person through education, research, and policy.
  5. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies and their employees of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia.
  6. Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach: CPHEO promotes lifelong learning and provides educational programs, online courses, and managing training outreach.
  7. National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems: NAPHSIS is a national association of state vital records and public health statistics offices.
  8. National Association of County & City Health Officials: NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments.
  9. National Association of Local Boards of Health: NALBOH is dedicated to strengthening and empowering boards of health through education and training.
  10. National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems: NAPH represents America’s safety net hospitals and health systems.
  11. National Environmental Health Association: NEHA’s mission, is “to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.”
  12. National Public Health Information Coalition: NPHIC is an independent organization of professionals sought after to improve America’s health through public health communications.
  13. Public Health Foundation: PHF is dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance.
  14. Public Health Institute: PHI is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.
  15. Public Health Institutes of the World: IANPHI is a global initiative that aims to develop stronger and more coordinated public health systems through the development and support of national public health institutes, or NPHIs.
  16. The Task Force for Global Health: This group encompasses a network of programs focused on both international and domestic health and human development.

Public Health Policy and Law

  1. CIDRAPCenter for Infectious Disease Research and Policy: CIDRAP conducts epidemiologic research and the rapid translation of scientific information into real-world practical applications and solutions.
  2. Centers for Law and the Public’s Health: This is a collaborative at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.
  3. Kaiser Family Foundation: This organization serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.
  4. National Association of Public Health Policy: NAPHP, founded in 1979, aims to improve the health of the people of the United States by helping to develop health policy and supporting measures to strengthen the public health services.
  5. National Health Policy Forum: This group’s mission is to cultivate a learning community among key senior staff in Congress, its support agencies and the executive branch of the federal government.
  6. Public Health Law & Policy: An independent non-profit (as of July 2010), PHLP partners with government staff, advocates, and other community leaders to provide practical solutions to a wide range of public health problems.
  7. Public Health Law Association: PHLA promotes healthy people and healthy communities through dialogue, partnerships, education, and research in public health law and policy.
  8. Public Health Law Center: Formerly the Tobacco Law Center, this center is working collaboratively to bolster the growing field of public health law.
  9. Public Health Law Research: This is a national initiative to promote effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health.
  10. Public Health Policy: This Web site offers key sources of information on public health policy in Canada and in the international sphere.

Public Health Web Sites and Libraries

  1. Indiana Public Health Digital LibraryIndiana Public Health Digital Library: The stated purpose of this project is to locate, digitize, organize and make publicly available Indiana public health publications and documents (both historical and current).
  2. Medical Library Association: MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide.
  3. Partners: This is an educational collaboration among U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries.
  4. Public Health Digital Library: Seattle & King County’s gateway to online public health resources, open to the public.
  5. Society for Public Health Education: SOPHE is an independent, international professional association made up of a diverse membership of health education professionals and students.
  6. Tennessee Health Public Health Digital Library: This library was created by the Annette and Irwin Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  7. What is Public Health? This Web site helps readers gain a better understanding of the various roles public health professionals play each day to ensure a healthy American public.


  1. American Journal Public HealthAmerican Journal of Public Health: This journal was voted one of the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the last century.
  2. BMC Public Health: This is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in the epidemiology of disease and the understanding of all aspects of public health.
  3. Directory of Open Access Journals: This link leads to the Public Health category, where you can gain access to a variety of journals that are free and open to the public.
  4. Global Public Health: This journal is a peer-reviewed journal that energetically engages with key public health issues that have come to the fore in the global environment.
  5. International Journal of Public Health: This journal publishes original quantitative and qualitative scientific work on public health.
  6. Journal of Public Health: The Journal of Public Health invites submission of papers on any aspect of public health research and practice.
  7. Journal of Public Health Policy: This journal is committed to providing an accessible source of scholarly articles on the epidemiologic and social foundations of public health policy, rigorously edited and progressive.
  8. Public Health: Public Health is an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that reports on all aspects of the science, philosophy, and practice of public health.
  9. Zoonoses and Public Health: This journal brings together veterinary and human health researchers and policy-makers.
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