Public Health Reads That Spark Conversation and Further Study

Public Health Reads That Spark Conversation and Further Study

By Laura Norvig, MLIS | April 12, 2017
Digital Media Strategist, ETR

I’m a huge believer in the power of online community for professional development. I’ve received so much useful “just in time” information and made so many valuable personal connections this way, it’s second nature to me.

Recently I joined HEDIR, a longstanding discussion list designed to help health educators communicate more effectively and efficiently. I’m not actually a health educator myself, but I do help curate information on public health topics, and I needed to search the HEDIR archives.

Recently a thread popped up on the list when someone asked for book recommendations for their MSPH graduate students. “Not textbooks, tomes or classic reads,” explained the query. But these are engaging books that tell the human story behind public health issues.

The suggestions were fantastic. I thought our readers might enjoy seeing them.


One community member pointed to an existing curated list: Summer of Public Health: Reading Recommendations. Though it’s not summer yet, spring is in the air and one of these reads might be just the thing to dig into on a spring break or weekend.


Laura Norvig, MLIS, is ETR’s Digital Media Strategist. She can be reached at


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