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FS 101 Issues in Public Health: From Antiseptics to Avian Flu  

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List of Topics







Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Lyme Disease




Chlamydia trachomatis

Typhoid Fever


Yellow Fever




Toxic Shock Syndrome



Finding Background Information

Conducting research is a complex process.  Developing a list of terms and relationships among those terms is part of developing a research strategy.  Reading background information may help you refine the questions you ask and may lead you to related questions as well.

Credo Reference is a good place to start.  




You are a new epidemiologist at the CDC and are anxious for your first assignment.  Your boss calls you into her office and tells you about a developing outbreak and potential epidemic in a remote part of the world, but an area that many people visit for vacation.  She is not too familiar with this particular disease and needs you to research the disease, how it is transmitted, how it has been controlled in the past, how people should be treated who have contracted the disease, and what preventive measures should be taken.  The boss needs the disease information and your recommendations for managing the outbreak by October 5.  The public’s health is resting on your shoulders.  Get to work!


  • An appropriate title
  • A thorough description of the disease
  • A brief history of other outbreaks and the effectiveness of their management
  • Recommendations for managing and containing this outbreak

Your disease report should be approximately 5 pages in length (double spaced) and should include a Works Cited page (not one of the 5 pages of the report) following APA guidelines. 



Course Basics

FS 101: Issues in Public Health:  From Antiseptics to Avian Flu

 Professor: Kirsten Peterson

Librarian: Cynthia Burton, x2982


Recommended Titles to begin your research

Recommended Titles:

Communicable disease control in emergencies [electronic resource] : a field manual / edited by M.A. Connolly

Pub Info Geneva : World Health Organization, 2005


Foodborne Diseases : Case Studies of Outbreaks in the Agri-Food Industries


Books with the following subject heading:  (Click on the link for the list)

Communicable Diseases Handbooks Manuals Etc

Diseases-Handbooks Manuals Etc

Reference books are a special subset of Pelletier's collection. Here you will find specialized  dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and other materials that provide authoritative background information on your topic. We also have some reference  "books" in electronic form.

Reference Books in Print

World of microbiology and immunology

Allegheny College

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