Annotated Public Health Skills (A - M) Bibliography

Suggested Citation: Jung, B.C. (1999 - 2023). Annotated Public Health (A - M) Skills Bibliography.
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    Adler, M. (1972). How to Read A Book. Are you a syntopical reader? How to get the most out of non-fiction writing. An appendix of classics, in case you have the time.

    Cleveland, W.S. (1993). Visualizing Data. NJ: Hobart Press. A good basic text about the new data analytical tool known as data visualization. Unless you are an engineer and into quality control, skip the text. The graphics may be tempting, but Cleveland is too much a salesman to see the limitations this tool has in the context of good research methodology.

    Craft, J.L. (1990). Statistics and Data Analysis for Social Workers. 2nd Edition. Itasca,IL: F.E. Peacock Publishers. A straightforward, concise text about analyzing data. Chapter 6's "Crosstabulation Analysis" is the best explanation I've seen on how to do this kind of analysis especially if you have a lot of categorical and ordinal variables you want to include in your overall data analysis. The chapters covering correlational methods and hypothesis testing are good in their simplicity. Good overview of other statistical procedures you may want to develop a basic understanding of.

    Davidson, F. (1996). Principles of Statistical Data Handling. NY: Sage Publications. Ever wonder what data managers do all day? Well, you can find out with this book that sets out to delineate the hands-on practice of data management. While basic in its approach, and many principles seem almost common sense to data managers who've been doing this type of work for years (like myself), it's a good review text for data managers of all stripes and sizes. It may be somewhat dry for those who entertain only a passing curiosity of professionals who are fast becoming the 21st century's growing breed of techie grunts. SAS and SPSS applications make this very useful for those who use these software programs, but limits the book's generalizability to those who don't.

    Elliot, R.J. (1995). Learning SAS in the Computer Lab. Belmont, CA:Wadsworth Publishing Co. This text is very basic in covering the statistical procedures of SAS. Use only if you have access to SAS in a computer lab WITH a SAS expert nearby.

    Fink, A. How to Analyze Survey Data. (#8 of Survey Kit Series). CA: Sage Publications. A simple how-to text on analyzing survey data, using various types of measurement scales (nominal, ordinal, numerical), choosing an appropriate statistical method, determining relationships or correlation. Excellent explanation of how to use confidence intervals.

    Fink, A. How to Report on Surveys. (#9 of Survey Kit Series). CA: Sage Publications. How to make the most of the data you've spent so hard collecting and analyzing. Shows the best way to present data in tabular and chart forms, how to make oral presentations of your results and how to say-what-mean and mean-what-you-found on paper.

    Fitz-Gibbon, C.T. & Morris, L.L. (1987). How to Analyze Data. #8 of the "Program Evaluation Kit" 2nd Edition series. An excellent how-to book on the analysis of data. Covers descriptive statistics, differences between groups, relationships between variables, analyzing questionnaires, choosing the right statistical procedure, and gives an overview of meta analysis.

    Gardner, M.J., & Altman, D.G. (1989). Statistics with Confidence - Confidence Intervals and Statistical Guidelines. London: British Medical Journal. A good text on the use of confidence intervals with various statistical procedures, instead of just citing the p value in reporting research results. Two excellent chapters: "Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals" - what to look for in the reporting of medical research, and "Use of check lists in assessing the statistical content of medical studies" offers a peer-review approach to looking at what an excellent research paper would include, from design to statistical analysis.

    Girden, E.R. (1996). Evaluating Research Articles From Start to Finish. CA: Sage Publications. Want to learn how to critique research, or, do you just want to be a saavy research consumer? Girden will walk you through one example of each research design, and then you are on the own on the second example. Useful in providing you with a method to look at research, with a list of questions to ask yourself (and the author) about the usefulness of the research.

    Gigerenzer, G. (2002). Calculated Risks. How To Know When Numbers Deceive You NY: Simon & Shuster MacMillan Co. An excellent book that introduces you to a better way of understanding statistics. Yes, it is possible to present statistical information in an easy-to-understand format that can be used for decision-making. The author's premise that presenting risk in natural frequencies is the right way to talk about risk is well-supported by examples and explanation. I think this book would be more useful if he also presented a curriculum with which schools and universities can incorporate his ideas into teaching math and statistics from elementary all the way into professional schools (i.e., medicine, law, etc.). Great promise for improving Public Health risk communication, too. Nothing is worst than people trying to fog you with statistics when they themselves don't even understand what they are saying!!! A must read.

    Hardina, D. (2002). Analytical Skills for Community Organization Practice. NY: Columbia University Press. Despite the excessive use of the word "consequently," this textbook does provide a good overview of the analytical skills required to manage a community-based program. The first quarter of the book was a bit difficult to get through but necessary from an academic standpoint. Covers many areas not usually seen in books about program management, like grant writing and fiscal analysis. Useful addition to a manager's library.

    Harrison, A.F., & Bramson, R. M. (1982). The Art of Thinking. How you think affects the way you look at things. Sound new? Read what these authors have to say about various categories of thinkers.

    Hinton, P.R. (1995). Statistics Explained. A Guide for Social Science Students. NY: Routledge. SIMPLY THE BEST STATISTICS TEXT. If you can only have one statistics book, or want only one statistics book for your reference library, THIS IS IT. If you still don't understand statistics after reading this book, then there is no hope for you.

    Katzer, J., Cook, K.H., & Crouch, W.W. (1991). Evaluating Information. A Guide for Users of Social Science Research. NY: McGraw Hill, Inc. How to read, interpret and understand research.

    King, J.A., Morris, L.L., & Fitz-Gibbons, C.T. (1987). How to Assess Program Implementation. #5 of The Program Evaluation Kit, 2nd Edition. CA:Sage Publications. A how-to on evaluating a program in progress. How to collect and analyze such diverse data sources as program records, responses to questionnaires, interviews, and observational notes. An excellent appendix of 300 questions you should ask of a program's implementation.

    Lang, T.A., & Secic, M. (1997)How to Report Statistics in Medicine. Annotated Guidelines for Authors, Editors, and Reviewers. PA: American College of Physicians. FINALLY, a guide on how medical research should be reported in the literature!! With this text in print, now there really is no reason for poorly written research reports to be in print, nor for any medical researcher not to know how to write up their research in an appropriate fashion. And for research consumers - ths text will tell you what you should be looking for when you read the literature.

    Monmonier, M. (1996). How to Lie with Maps. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. How could I lie to you, let me count the ways. Rather, let me map the ways. An entertaining and informative text about the geographic abuse that goes on, and all we wanted was to find our way around a 3d terrain using 2d presentations! Learn how cartographers take a lot of latitude on how they show you where longitudes lie.

    Moser-Wellman, A. (2001). The Five Faces of Genius. The Skills to Master Ideas at Work Viking Press. Here is a truly great book that brings together psychology and practical skills to the workplace. The author is definitely an alchemist - one of five creative skill sets of this personality model. Don't miss if you want to learn more about creativity and how to make the most of your strengths and ameliorate the weak areas of your creative thinking!

    Myatt, M., & Ritter, S. (197). Analysing Data. A Practical Primer Using Epi Info. Brixton Books. The best of Brixton Books series from Myatt. Does very well in explaining the statistical procedures that can be done with Epi Info, as well as explain how to report statistics in articles, and what the numbers actually mean. Good section on transforming data. Only Brixton Book worth buying.

    Norusis, M. J. (2000). SPSS 10.0 Guide to Data Analysis NJ: Prentice Hall. Probably THE book to have if you are going to use SPSS. Author is well-versed in not only the program, but the basics of data analysis.

    Petitti, D.B. (1994). Meta-Analysis, Decision Analysis, and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. NY:Oxford University Press. THE DEFINITIVE TEXT ON SYNTHETIC STUDY METHODS. This excellent text provides the foundation with which to understand these three methods that are being currently extensively used in analyzing secondary health data. Don't miss chapter 15 for the author's critique of these three methods.

    Solomon, J. (1988). The Signs of Our Time. Harper & Row: Perennial Library. A great introduction to the science of semiotics, or everything you see signifies something else. A different perspective can pump up the creative juices you never thought you had.

    Spilker, B. (1986). Interpretation of Clinical Data. NY:Raven Press. What to do with the data you've collected from clinical studies. Hundreds of "How-to" tables. Working with efficacy/safety data.

    Sternberg, R.J. (1996). Successful Intelligence. NY:Simon & Schuster. Yes, there are many kinds of smarts and various thinking methods. Sternberg (a favorite of mine) delves into the multi-faceted world of cognitive psychology to explain analytical, creative and practice intelligences.

    Tufte, E.R. (1997). Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. CT: Graphics Press. An art historian look at how data are presented in a variety of formats. Not very technical, heavily illustrated. Has one chapter about statistical analysis. Has the best write-up (of all textbooks) about Snow's investigation of the 1854 London Cholera Epidemic.

    Vos Savant, M. (1996). The Power of Logical Thinking. NY: St. Martin's Griffin. A great book about analytical thinking from the woman with an IQ of 200. Just think, it's probably higher when you think the creators probably had IQs <200. Vos Savant makes excellent attempts to simplify the principles of probability. However, let's face it, much ofprobability is so counter-intuitive that it will probably make no sense to youanyway (especially if you think you can win the lottery).

    The most enlightening portions of this book are the scalding comments from PhDs all over the world who are convinced that Vos Savant knows nothing about math (because she doesn't have a PhD AND the fact that she's a woman). Kudos to Vos Savant for not backing down from these academic bullies.

    The last part of the book analyzes the statistical misformation that Clinton and Perot forced down everyone's throats during the 1992 presidential campaign. Of course, in retrospect, these sins are hardly sins next to ....

    U.S. G.A.O. (May, 1997).(GAA/HEHS/GGD-970138) Managing for Results. Analytic Challenges in Measuring Performance. An evaluation of how federal agencies are doing in trying to meet the GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act of 1993) requirements. While it is understandable why federal agencies balk at coming up with performances measures, it is an important step towards professional accountability to those who pay the bills.

    Weisberg, H.F., Krosnick, J.A., & Bowen, B.D. (1996). An Introduction to Survey Research, Polling, and Data Analysis. Third Edition. CA: Sage Publications. Written for the social scientist, and emphasizing polling more than academic survey research, this is still an excellent practical textbook about survey research. Good chapters on analyzing survey data, especially on the use of stratification to get the most of what you have collected.

    Williams, F. (1986). Reasoning With Statistics. How to Read Quantitative Research. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc. Outlines methods and interpretations for common statistical tests, with brief explanations.


    Deep, S. & Sussman, L. (1993). What to Ask When You Don't Know What to Say. NY:MJF Books. Provides 555 questions for every business occasion, from handling obnoxious co- workers to making presentations.

    Kimball, M.A. (2003). The Web Portfolio Guide. Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Web. NY: Longman. A manual that tries to meet the needs of several audiences - students, graduates and teachers - on how to create an online portfolio. Though Kimball devotes only one chapter to the academic professional, the entire book reads like it was meant for the teacher rather than for students. For sure, to make the most of this textbook, if it were to be used in class, the teacher must be Net-saavy enough to provide the technical expertise needed to make the most of the manual. Though repetitious on some points, it does provide a sequential approach to the planning, designing and revising of a Web portfolio, and does provide information about graphics and the hands-on tasks needed to keep the portfolio current. Provides insight on what to think about in putting together any portfolio (now being preferred over just a mere resume or CV for some professions) to show off what you can do to a potential employer.

    Parvanta, C., Nelson, D.E., Parvanta, S.A., & Harner, R.N. (2011). Essentials of Public Health Communication. Jones and Bartlett Learning. An excellent textbook that covers everything you need to know to get the message across.

    Wallgren, A., Wallgren, B., Persson, R., Jorner, U., Haaland, J-A. (1996). Graphing Statistics & Data: Creating Better Charts. The definitive book for those who can't stand numbers as numbers and looking for a proper way to present them without misleading the reader or listener. And, no, I didn't misspell the authors - they happen to be Swedish. This text was originally Swedish, but the need for this kind of reference work was so great that it has been translated for the English masses. I'm glad.


    Burns, L., Bradley, E. & Weiner, B. (2012). Shortell & Kaluzny's Health Care Management: Organization Design & Behavior, 6th Edition Delmar, Cengage Learning. A very comprehensive textbook that covers everything a healthcare manager should know to navigate the healthcare system. Also, provides good coverage of the effects of technology and the impact of electronic medical records.

    Capezio, P. & Morehouse, D. (1993). Taking the Mystery Out of TQM. A Practical Guide to Total Quality Management. Now TQM will no longer be a mystery, but a took in ensuring good outcomes. And excellent intro to all the instruments commonly used with TQM, as well as a history of those who developed the various techniques.

    Cartin, T.J. (1993). Principles & Practices of TQM. Believe it or not, Quality is not only a health-based concept. It became the foundation for an engineering perspective that seeks to proactively address poor manufacturing processes by taking a preventive rather than just a corrective approach. (Hmmm, sounds like Public Health to me.) Quality became the core concept for a whole industry philosophy known as Total Quality Management (TQM). Though written by an electrical engineer, it's actually not that technical that you wouldn't understand it without an engineering degree. A good in-depth but not too overwhelming intro to the whole concept of TQM as it is being applied in Industry today. If you happen to be working in a setting that's trying to adopt TQM, don't be too surprised that it's not being done right. According to Cartin, it can take up to 5 years to implement, and that's with the cooperation of everyone in the entire organization. But, it does work and makes any company that adopts it a lean and mean machine that's competitive enough to survive in a lean and mean competitive marketplace.

    I can't see TQM happening in any bureaucracy with more than two levels in the hierarchy (and that's a rarity if there ever was such an organization that would consider itself a bureaucracy). You should thank your lucky stars that the Government Performance and Results Act ever got passed in 1993. Now at least government agencies will have to make an effort to be accountable to the Public. Though not exactly TQM, it will probably take at least 5 years, if not longer to see some results.

    TQM probably works best when a business that started off as a mom and pop enterprise turns out to be a smashing commercial success that it can't help but expand. In this kind of fertile environment TQM can really provide a good framework for business growth so that bureaucracies do not take over and snuff out the originality and creativity of the moms and pops who started them out to begin with. Milwaukee, WI: ASQC Quality Press.

    Dever, G.E.A. (1997). Improving Outcomes in Public Health Practice. THE BEST TEXT FOR USING TQM METHODOLOGIES IN PUBLIC HEALTH. Simply the best in applying the principles of total quality management to public health practice. Generous examples of how to apply such methods as control charts to evaluating the effectiveness of public health programs. MD: Aspen Publications.

    Hammond, J. & Morrison, J. (1996). The Stuff Americans are Made Of. NY: Simon & Shuster MacMillan Co. A credible model of the American Culture that does explain why Americans act the way they do. It also explains why TQM, as a management tool, has failed as miserably as it has succeeded beyond expectations in Japan. For a generalist like myself, this book was a godsend in supporting many of the gut feelings I have developed in the face of daily reality. And, there is such a species called "American" rather than the hyphenated identities we have all been forced to adopt in the PC world of cultural diversity.

    Schmidt, W.H. & Finnigan, J.P. (1993). TQManager. CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers. A simply written book about the basic priniciples of TQM, and how a manager working for an organization interested in implementing TQM can do so. Has a series of forms that answer questions about what such a manager should be thinking of.

    U.S. G.A.O. (May, 1997).(GAA/HEHS/GGD-970138) Managing for Results. Analytic Challenges in Measuring Performance. An evaluation of how federal agencies are doing in trying to meet the GPRA (Government Performance and Results Act of 1993) requirements. While it is understandable why federal agencies balk at coming up with performances measures, it is an important step towards professional accountability to those who pay the bills.

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