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How do you research?

I work in public health and have worked on a number of different qualitative and quantitative research projects. I feel like my method of managing and taking notes on background research is sub-optimal and I could dramatically improve my strategy. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Aug 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Public health definition of "end of epidemic"?

How does one come to define the end of an epidemic? Whether HIV or Ebola, smallpox or Zika, what are the accepted public health guidelines for defining the end of an epidemic/pandemic? I can't find the answer anywhere and hopefully you fine folks in public health can help.
posted by Sophie1 on Mar 11, 2016 - 10 answers

Other languages' terms for transgender?

What are some terms for transgender in other languages, especially Spanish? What words do they use to identify themselves? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree on Nov 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Gun Violence Citation

Help me find a citation for this statistic about gun violence in the United States. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Aug 24, 2015 - 6 answers

How many Americans are getting sick from using public touch screens?

This question came to me as a result of seeing staplers with antibacterial tops at an office retailer. What's next - anti microbial doorknobs? As I thought about the number of touch screens I use during the day - ATMs, debit card machines, etc, - and the fact I've never seen anyone cleaning them, it occurred to me they are probably far germier than office equipment. [more inside]
posted by ADave on Feb 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Why are non-vaccinated people a danger to public health?

In theory, if most of the public is vaccinated against measles, only other non-vaccinated people are put at risk by non-vaccinated people who get the measles (or other vaccine-preventable diseases). But apparently some vaccinated people are also at risk? Is this really the case? If so, how common/easy is it for vaccinated people to get the disease that they were vaccinated against, and how does this happen?
posted by Mechitar on Feb 4, 2015 - 29 answers

MPH programs that accept the MCAT?

Can we compile a list of MPH programs (preferably in New England, but any suggestions welcome) that accept that MCAT in lieu of the GRE? I would also be interested in similar programs in public health that are not MPH per se. (Example: Boston University's School of Public Health offers an MS in Environmental Health.) Thanks!
posted by Seeking Direction on Feb 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Experiences with MPH degrees...would you recommend one?

I've been thinking about an MPH (Master's of Public Health), but I'd like to hear about others' experiences. How did you decide on an MPH? How was it getting employment? Are you satisfied with how it's worked out career-wise? Anything else I should know - is there a "bubble" of grads, for instance? Thanks!
posted by Seeking Direction on Dec 20, 2014 - 10 answers

Where have all the patients gone...

I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Career in public health?

I'm currently a registered nurse in New Zealand. I'm about to start post-graduate study here in NZ with an eye towards a masters degree. I assumed I'd be working toward a masters in nursing (for obvious reasons) but I've always been quite keen on public health and I'm thinking of working towards an MPH. I have a school and course of study in mind already (my interests are cardiovascular health, population health, informatics, and epidemiology). Also thrown into the mix, I'm a citizen of the United States, but I completed all my university schooling in New Zealand. I might like to potentially move back to the States one day. What, if any, are my job prospects like in this instance? Any advice from current MPH students or graduates?
posted by supercrayon on Sep 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I go to school for public health?

I need a (new) career direction and am thinking of going into public health, probably through a Masters’ degree. Cost is not an issue; my health problems are. Also, I have no idea how to pick a school/degree track and what sort of work to expect after I'd graduate. Please help? [more inside]
posted by mismatched on Sep 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Applying for nursing school and just a bit lost

I may be able to apply for nursing school as early as this fall. Yay! Can you help me come up with some resources to help guide me through the application process and assess the merits of different programs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Yet another 'help me narrow down job fields' question.

Job/grad school planning filter: health-related jobs editions. Nursing, public health, social work, or something else entirely? Help me narrow my options and get myself on a better career trajectory. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Oct 1, 2012 - 10 answers

ready to read about refuse.

I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
posted by DaveZ on Sep 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Career Choice: Information Architecture or Public Health Evaluation?

Which field should I pursue--information architecture or public health program evaluation? Two very different directions, and I'm not sure how to decide between them for graduate school and my career path. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

twitter + science!

I'm interested in psychology, public health, and aging. Who should I be following on Twitter? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

To do well for myself or good for society

Advice needed on potential career paths in the public health field: how to decide between a financially lucrative offer and holding out for potentially getting another job to do "good" for society? Way too much detail inside: [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you catch a cold by sharing a spoon?

How likely am I to catch an upper-respiratory illness through strictly oral/gastrointestinal means (like sharing utensils, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology!

Help me plan my next steps after graduating with a degree in biology! [more inside]
posted by gumtree on May 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Tell me about public health.

I think I'd like to go to graduate school in public health. Please educate me! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Mar 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Ethics of treating the many for the benefit of the few?

Where can I find interesting papers, discussions, blog posts, etc. about the disparity between benefits to personal health and population health when it comes to medical interventions and the ethical implications therein? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 22, 2011 - 2 answers

Game-changing articles on health care!

I really like Atul Gawande's book "Better" as well as his article "Letting Go" - in general, topics about systems innovations in health care, especially end-of-life care. Anything else I should read? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Nov 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Online for off kilter

I'm looking for online courses related to emergency management. [more inside]
posted by maurreen on Oct 24, 2011 - 6 answers

What does Research Utilization mean, exactly?

"Research Utilization" in the context of Public Health and prevention programming--what does it mean exactly? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on May 18, 2011 - 4 answers

CMS for Homeless Services Directory

I want to create a Yelp-like, community-editable local search directory of resources available to the poor and homeless in my city. What CMS do I use? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat on May 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Columbia or Yale MPH?

Should I go to Yale or Columbia to get my MPH? I'm already in NYC, but I'm hearing unhappy rumblings from students at Columbia. [more inside]
posted by reren on Apr 10, 2011 - 10 answers

The area under the curve of the obesity epidemic is my future?

Help me find a career path or course of study that combines the topic I'm interested in (obesity and public health) with the methods I enjoy (applied math and computer science). [more inside]
posted by telegraph on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Songs for Sex Ed

Songs with a safe(r) sex message? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on May 19, 2010 - 37 answers

My gut is not a calorimeter.

Prompted by this comment, I'm here to ask what the deal is with "calories" as a measure of "nutritional content" (whatever that means). I understand that the calorie value we see on food packaging is arrived at by burning the food in a calorimeter, and that this would be an effective measure of the total chemical energy in the substance. How well does this actually approximate the energy our body can put to use (mechanically, or for other biological processes)? Isn't this measure essentially useless for people trying to lose weight? Why do we put so much emphasis on it then? Are there some foods which have an astronomical number of calories which our digestive systems can do little with?
posted by phrontist on Mar 27, 2010 - 14 answers

getting into international development

Getting involved in international development - Is an MPH right for me? If so, is now a good time? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

MPH + MS > PhD?

MPH + MS > PhD? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Public Health canon?

What books and journal articles are considered to be part of the public health canon? [more inside]
posted by zharptitsa on May 4, 2009 - 5 answers

How would a big HMO like Kaiser handle a pandemic?

I'm sure Kaiser Permanente and other major HMOs have plans related to a potential pandemic, and how they would try to protect their customers' health and/or minimize financial losses. Have the plans themselves been published or leaked? Has anything summarizing those plans been published anywhere?
posted by salvia on Apr 29, 2009 - 7 answers

Do no harm

Any recommendations for (preferably) online Public Health Journals, Communities, or Blogs? [more inside]
posted by rosswald on Dec 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me sound like the perfect applicant to schools of public health

I am an anthropology senior, and I'm applying to various schools of public health. How do I make my graduate school application the perfect application? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Oct 9, 2008 - 7 answers

How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down?

How to evaluate and apply to public health graduate programs, when my own career goals are so difficult to pin down? I find it difficult to choose a topical area of interest (i.e. substance abuse), a specialization (substance abuse government policies, the epidemiology of substance abuse, community education and prevention of substance abuse), and a general career track (professional vs academic). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Public health filter

Where can i find free municipal NYC condoms in bars or locations in the city or in Brooklyn that are placed abundantly and in discreet locations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2008 - 6 answers

Vectors, they're not just for graphics anymore

What are the good public health blogs? [more inside]
posted by dw on May 15, 2008 - 10 answers

Graduate School Funding

My girlfriend is starting a master's public health program next fall and she's looking for funding. [more inside]
posted by stratastar on May 21, 2006 - 3 answers

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