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  • A Comprehensive Pandemic Survival Kit List

    A pandemic occurs when a new viral strain causes a global outbreak of a disease. Sheltering in place orders and social distancing related to COVID-19 are extreme measures but represent now familiar precautions urged by public health officials. You may wonder, "What do I need to shelter in place?" In this article, we'll discuss items to include in your pandemic survival kit. What Does Shelter in Place Mean? Examples of pandemics include H1N1, SARS and the Coronavirus. Sheltering in place… Continue Reading

  • What’s the Difference Between an Epidemic and a Pandemic?

    In the face of what is shaping out to be one of the most dangerous health events of this age - the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic - many people are searching for answers. In particular, a lot of people are wondering about the differences in terms such as epidemic vs pandemic, as well as the implications of the use of these terms for humanity as a whole. Although some form of coronavirus has been around for centuries,… Continue Reading

  • What’s the Difference Between a Virus and a Syndrome?

    Times of epidemics can lead to panic. The global outbreak of an illness can lead to many questions: What is a virus? What is caused by a virus? What is a syndrome? What is the difference between virus and syndrome? COVID-19, better known as “coronavirus”, has motivated people to take an interest in airborne illness like never before. Below are some of the most common questions pertaining to viruses such as coronavirus. What is a… Continue Reading

  • What is the Impact of Social Media on Public Health?

    Social media has impacted people's daily lives in ways no one ever thought possible. Most people find their way to a social media site at least once a day to find out what's going on. What no one will disagree on is the fact that sites like Facebook and Twitter have positive and negative impacts on people's health - positive from trusted public health influencers, and negative from misinformation and conspiracy theories. Studies have shown… Continue Reading

  • What Can You Do with a Doctorate in Public Health?

    A working professional in the public health field may wonder whether getting their doctorate is worth their time. It’s a reasonable question; there are a number of factors ranging from what careers they can obtain with a doctorate to what the average salary is for someone with a doctorate in public health. This is especially the case since the price to earn a doctorate can be quite high. Individuals may also wonder about how in-demand… Continue Reading

  • 25 Best Doctor of Public Health Programs

    For working public health professionals who want to move into higher positions, a doctorate in public health is a major step. Today, public health schools generally offer either a PhD (a more research-oriented doctorate) or a DrPH (a more professional-oriented doctorate). Universities and colleges that offer a public health doctorate program often do so in several different concentrations so that students have several options to choose from. In order for you to choose the right… Continue Reading

  • Why is Communication So Essential to Public Health?

    Public health and communication go hand in hand, especially when it comes to sharing information on a global level. Large organizations like WHO and the CDC who communicate with large populations on a regular basis need reliable methods of communication to maintain the highest level of accuracy possible. By using a variety of communication methods, these groups can distribute information concerning potential outbreaks as well as information concerning preventive health care. Public Health Communication Strategies… Continue Reading

  • 30 Best Public Health Podcasts

    Podcasts are an extremely useful form of public health communication. Because they are broadcast in a de-centralized, democratic way, people get the message from podcasts much sooner and are able to utilize the information provided almost immediately. Unlike conventional mass media (which is restrained and influenced by the demands of advertising), a podcast can be entirely focused on valuable information - not profit. One of the most valuable benefits of a public health podcast is… Continue Reading

  • What is CEPH Accreditation?

    CEPH stands for the Council on Education for Public Health. This independent agency accredits public health schools and programs. CEPH is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors. The CEPH also holds recognition by the US Department of Education. People who want to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) will want to look for an accredited school or program that offers the kind of academic education and standards that the industry… Continue Reading

  • Tick-Borne Diseases and Public Health

    Cartoon tradition says that ants are the quickest way to ruin a picnic, but that’s only because there’s no way to make a tick cute (just try it, cartoonists - and if you pull it off, let us see). But ticks aren’t just out to spoil your afternoon in the sunshine (or hike, or camping trip) - they’re voracious, blood-feeding buggers that can carry some nasty diseases. Public health organizations like the Center for Disease… Continue Reading

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