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The Organization of Public Health

Category: Healthcare

For this project component, discuss how the public health topic identified in Module 1 is addressed at the federal, state, and local levels. What federal agencies have activities related to your topic? What are the responsibilities of the state, municipality, county, and local public health departments related to this issue? You can describe these activities both in general and for specific states.
Listen to the National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast of October 20, 2001, on Weekend All Things Considered, titled “Public Health.” Then listen to the segment on “Local Public Health” which was broadcast on October 25, 2001, on All Things Considered. (Enter the date of the broadcast followed by the title in quotes in the Search bar.)
Required Reading
Structure and functions of state public health agencies in 2007. Am J Public Health. 2011 Jul;101(7):1179-86. Epub 2011 May 12. Madamala K, Sellers K, Beitsch LM, Pearsol J, Jarris PE.
Beitsch, L. M., Brooks, R. G., Menachemi, N., & Grigg, M. (2006). Structure and Functions of State Public Health Agencies. American Journal of Public Health, 96(1), 167-172. Retrieved from
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR – Core Functions of State Public Health Laboratories. Retrieved from
Johns Hopkins University online lecture series (2008) Core Functions and Essential Service. Retrieved from
Optional Reading
Supercourse. Principles of Public Health – The Mission, Core Functions and Ten Essential Services. Retrieved from
Handler, A., Issel, M., & Turnock, B. (2001). A conceptual framework to measure performance of the public health system. Am J Public Health, 91(8), 1235-1239.
Keane, C., Marx, J., & Ricci, E. (2001). Privatization and the scope of public health: a national survey of local health department directors. Am J Public Health, 91(4), 611-617.