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Public Health Research Methods

Public Health Research Methods

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March 2014 | 832 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Public Health Research Methods is a comprehensive collection of research methods used in the field of public health. This text is about providing researchers, and future researchers, with an up-to-date and comprehensive set of tools to investigate public health issues and problems, to ultimately better inform public health policy and practice. The contents of this book go beyond traditional epidemiologic approaches and cover the various research methods and technologies that are emerging in the new public health landscape.
Greg Guest
1: Introduction to Public Health Research Methods
PART I: Planning and Preparing for Research
Heidi Reynolds, Greg Guest
2: Designing Research
Amy Corneli, David Borasky
3. Research Ethics and Working with Institutional Review Boards
Dazon Dixon Diallo, Paula Frew
4. Cultivating Stakeholder Involvement in Public Health Research
Karen Hacker and Greg Guest
In Focus: Community-Based Participatory Research
Donna Stroup, Steven Thacker
5. Public Health Surveillance: From Data to Action
Douglas Hamilton
6. Outbreak Investigation
Lee Warner, Deborah Dee
7. Cohort and Case Control Studies
Theresa Gamble, Danielle Haley, Niru Sista, Raymond Buck
8. Designing Randomized Controlled Trials
Sarah Boslaugh
9. Using Secondary Data
Emma McIntosh, Cam Donaldson, Lyndal Bond, Kenny Lawson
10. Economics of Population Health
Rick Homan
In Focus: Cost Analysis for Interventions
Heidi Reynolds
11. Health Services Research
Jeanne Bertolli, Kathy Hageman, Travis Sanchez, Andrea Kim
12. Survey Design and Implementation
Glenn Gamst, Lawrence S. Meyers, Holly McClain Burke, A. J. Guarino
13. Scale Development and Validation
Elizabeth Costenbader, Thomas Valente
14. Social Network Analysis. Methods and Applications in Public Health
Emily Namey, Robert Trotter II
15. Qualitative Research Methods
Phyllis Solomon, Mary Cavanaugh
16. Randomized Controlled Trials for Psychosocial Interventions
Johnnie Daniel
17. Sampling: The Foundation of Good Research
Mark Weaver
18. Statistical Methods in Public Health Research
Greg Guest, Paul Fleming
19. Mixed Methods Research
Paul Fleming, Michael Stalker
In Focus: Using Vignettes in Public Health Research
Candace Nykiforuk
20. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Public Health
Hans Ossebaard and Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
21. Public Health 2.0. Fresh Approaches to Old Problems
Mitesh Thakkar, Nikhil Wilmink, Rachna Nag Chowdhuri, Sruthi Chandrasekaran
In Focus: Mobile and Digital Data Collection in the Field
Jeffery Peterson, Angie Funaiole
22. Enhancing Research Utilization
Temina Madon
23. Implementation Science. Identifying the Path from Innovation to Impact
APPENDIX 1. Theories and Models in Public Health Research


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“For students like mine, who are training in Community Health Practice, a textbook like this would be very useful as it has key research methods concepts from across the Public Health field."

Linda Highfield
University of Texas

“The content of this text is excellent and very current. I am impressed by the emphasis on community-based approaches, the effort to integrate examples from the current academic literature, and efforts to inform students of future directions in public health research."

Sandra Bulmer
Southern Connecticut State University

“An excellent book for anyone who wants to conduct research in public health. It is very informative and it flows very well.”

Roya Ghiaseddin
University of Notre Dame

“…a well-conceived overview of the key themes in health research methods and a straightforward approach and focus."

Peter Benson
Washington University in St Louis

“It is an excellent public health textbook—well-written and covers all aspects of public health, especially modern public health.”

Dhitinut Ratnapradipa
Southern Illinois University

“The book makes research methods ‘come alive’ by providing information on the historical use of various methods and research findings.”

Beverly Cigler
Pennsylvania State University

“It facilitates a ‘big picture’ view for students.”

Karen Rich
University of Southern Mississippi

“I actually really like the way the text is laid out.  It seems like there is a good distinction between technical matters and theoretical perspectives.”

Josh Packard
Midwestern State University

“It makes sense the way it goes from preparing research to designing and implementing research, and finishes with applications.”

Michele Morrone
Ohio State University

“The content is comprehensive, informative and valuable.”

Tracey Barnfather
University of Northampton

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Gregory Stephen Guest

Greg Guest received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia.  Over the past 15 years, he has designed and managed public health research studies in more than 15 countries.  Greg is currently the Director of Research and Evaluation in the Economic Development and Livelihoods department at FHI 360.  In this capacity he oversees multisite, mixed methods, research and evaluation activities across multiple fields of public health.  Guest's other books include two edited volumes—Globalization, Health and the Environment: An Integrated Perspective (AltaMira, 2005) and Handbook for Team- Based Qualitative... More About Author

Emily Elizabeth Namey

Emily E. Namey, MA, has over 10 years’ experience applying her skills in project management and knowledge of research methods to the design, implementation, conduct, monitoring, and dissemination of public health research. Emily recently  rejoined FHI 360, where she manages domestic and international qualitative and mixed methods projects related to health disparities and HIV prevention. Prior to her work at FHI 360, she spent over 5 years at Duke University, splitting time among the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Trent Center for Bioethics. At Duke, Emily implemented... More About Author

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