Literature Reviews: An Overview for Graduate Students

10/9/2015 12:00 AM

What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to "review" the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process. More

Vaccines Don't Cause Autism: Healthcare Triage #12

6/12/2015 12:00 AM

There is almost no topic in health and health policy that immediately polarizes people more than the idea that vaccines cause autism. Even though the original big paper on this topic came out at the end of the last century, the anger this causes is still raw and potent. But there is a very, very large amount of research showing that vaccines and autism are unrelated. More

Healthcare Reform: Overview of Access to Care and Regulatory Process

5/29/2015 12:00 AM

John Lumpkin, Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Care Group in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, discusses health care access and legislation at the Westlake Forum III. More

We Heard the Bells: The Influenza of 1918

4/17/2015 12:00 AM

In 1918-1919, the worst flu in recorded history killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The U.S. death toll was 675,000 - five times the number of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I. Where did the 1918 flu come from? Why was it so lethal? What did we learn? More

How Well Do You Know the Flu?

3/8/2015 12:00 AM

Dr. Joe Bresee with CDC's Influenza Division addresses common questions and misconceptions about the flu and the flu vaccine. This video is intended for general audiences as well as health care professionals. For more information related to flu and the flu vaccine, please visit the CDC Seasonal Influenza (flu) web site at More

Roman Public Health

2/6/2015 12:00 AM

Another segment on how the Romans improved qualtiy of life through public health. Listen to more about the Roman society's investment in bathing. More

Introduction to Research Methods

12/30/2014 12:00 AM

In this video, Dr Greg Martin provides an introduction to research methods and study design. Specifically he takes a look at qualitative and quantitative research methods. More

How to Write a Grant Application for Public Health Projects

12/30/2014 12:00 AM

In this video, Dr Greg Martin does a screen recording of himself writing a concept note for funding of a research projects. The video focusses on the "activities" (done on a gantt chart) and budget. If you're wanting to send a concept note off to a funder, be it for a research project or a public health intervention - watch this video and see just how easy it is to put together a short concept note.

Global health (and public health) is truly multidisciplinary and leans on epidemiology, health economics, health policy, statistics, ethics, demography.... the list goes on and on. This YouTube channel is here to provide you with some teaching and information on these topics. I've also posted some videos on how to find work in the global health space and how to raise money or get a grant for your projects.

What in the Health Is Public Health?

11/13/2014 12:00 AM

When you're sick, you go to the doctor and the doctor treats your disease. They've been trained to do that pretty well. But what do you do when you're healthy? Well, you probably just go about your day. You've got a busy life, we all do. And you can't afford to be sick.

So what if I told you there are people out there whose job it is to make sure you stay healthy? And what if I told you these are people you've probably never met? Well, these folks are in a field called public health. And their mission is to promote health and prevent disease. Doctors, on the other hand, are on a mission to treat disease.

So let's say this person is diagnosed with diabetes. Now it's the doctor's job to treat her patient. She'll prescribe medications and insulin to help him meet his target blood sugar levels. Unfortunately, he'll have to keep going back for prescriptions for the rest of his life because there is no cure. To make matters worse, he will have to deal with issues like long-term health complications, health insurance concerns, and even social discrimination. And don't forget his medical bill, almost fourteen thousand dollars a year. His priorities in life are now secondary to his disease. Sure, modern medicine has come a long way. But is this the best way to address disease?

Well, let's take a step back and focus on preventing disease. According to public health researchers, simple things like a healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent the onset of diabetes. So public health folks put their health promotion and disease prevention mission to work. They lower the prices of healthier foods and beverages in school cafeterias to promote a healthy diet. And they build community sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes to promote exercise. And at a fraction of the cost of disease treatment, public health makes it really easy for people to stay healthy in the first place. No diabetes means no long-term health complications, no health insurance concerns, and no social discrimination. Just health promotion and disease prevention.

And the crazy thing is, it works. Really well. Because people you've never met, people you've never even talked to, devote their time to make sure you stay healthy.