Diseases and PreventionTips
Interactive Sites for Students
A Career in Public Health or Medicine?
Local Focus on Infectious Diseases: What to Know and
Where to Go
Big Picture Book of Viruses
A catalog of virus pictures, which can be searched by name, structure/genome,
host, and disease. Includes a guide to virus structure and useful links.
Kids can check out Sam Sleuth as he investigates microbe mysteries, microbes
in the news, fun experiments, and careers in microbiology. MicrobeLibrary
has undergraduate curricula and visual resources for educators. The
Microbe World offers information on microbes, photos, links, and teacher
resources for grade school to undergraduate level students.
The Bad Bug
Provides basic facts on microbes that cause foodborne illnesses. Includes
nature of the disease, associated foods, and complications.
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Diseases and PreventionTips
U.S. Center for Disease Control and
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the lead federal agency
whose mission is to protect the health and safety of people by developing
and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and
health promotion and education activities. Provides a listing of disease
and health topics, traveler's health, the Emerging Infectious Diseases
Journal, data and statistics, publications, and links.
World Health Organization
The WHO acts as a directing and coordinating authority on international
health efforts. This site includes health topics, reports, publications,
and a library. What's New features disease outbreaks and emergencies.
See Health Topics for information on communicable and infectious, tropical,
vaccine preventable, and noncommunicable diseases. There are also sections
on the environment, family and reproductive health, health policies
and statistics, health technology, and lifestyle.
Health information for kids, teens, and parents. Includes information
on staying safe and healthy, games, answers to questions, and topics
on feelings, emotions, and behavior.
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Landmark Articles from
the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1961-1996
The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report's section contains the history
of Centers for Disease Control and articles on disease and injury surveillance,
infectious diseases, noninfectious conditions, and a bibliography.
Anatomy of an Epidemic
Contains general information about disease and specific epidemics. Animated
maps show the spread of epidemics and quizzes test your knowledge of
disease and epidemics. Includes a glossary of key words and a bibliography.
Channel - Epidemic!
Features information on the flu, TB, polio, dengue fever, and the hantavirus.
Shows how space-age technologies are used to help predict future outbreaks
with views from space. Includes excellent photos of the microbial world
and diagrams of the flu virus and human immune system sequence.
Delta Omega Classics
Provides essays deemed as classic public health documents by the Honorary
Society in Public Health, including several class epidemics, which
are generally out-of-print or not widely-available in libraries.
Experience - Influenza 1918
Information on the film "Influenza 1918" as well as special features,
a timeline, maps, people and events featured in the film, and a teacher's
Global Polio Eradication
The World Health Organization's site of the largest ever disease eradication
initiative. Provides background, global status, national immunization
days, downloads, news, and a photo gallery.
than the Bubonic Plague?
Information and statistics on the Bubonic Plague and the influenza of
1918-1919. Describes the spread, death rates, and method of transmission
of these diseases.
John Snow - Historical
Giant in Epidemiology
Devoted to the life and times of Dr. John Snow (1813-1858), a legendary
figure in the history of public health, epidemiology and anesthesiology.
Includes information on his work on Cholera, his importance, a biography,
and his writings. Also has links to the UCLA department of epidemiology.
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Interactive Sites for
An interactive, fun family magazine, developed by the American Museum
of Natural History for Epidemic! that helps students, families,
and teachers understand what causes infectious diseases and what they
can do to prevent it.
Learning for Microbial Ecology Learning for Microbial Ecology
Features a "Microbe of the Week," a "Microbe Zoo," and a virtual space
where visitors can view images and descriptions of microscopic organisms
and the habitats in which they live.
An interactive lesson on the cell structure and classification of bacteria,
protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Intended for middle school students.
A Fred Friendly Seminar
For students, teachers, and families, this site offers information on
infectious diseases, lessons on stopping epidemics, a panel discussion
by national experts on infectious diseases, among other resources.
A kids (K-12) site from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
There are games for young kids, cool facts, curriculum ideas, teacher
resources as well as information on classroom and school programs.
For students and teachers, provides educational program materials. Teaches
kids the importance of safe food practices. Contains classroom materials.
Immerse yourself in a virtual lab. Identify deadly pathogens, probe heart
patients, dissect a leach, and assay antibodies. Explore animations,
a virtual museum, and more.
- Virtual Labs
Insects and Other Organisms section provides the following information
for each insect or organism: diseases and their control, entomology,
fun, general information, and solutions. Photographs are also available.
Education resources include links to books, magazines, videos, insect
collections, and taxonomy.
See Science, then under Medicine. Topics range from infectious diseases,
health topics, medical disorders and other diseases and conditions. Each
topic offers additional links for research. Grade level appropriateness,
K-12, is indicated for each site. Contains teacher's resources.
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A Career in Public Health
Association of Schools of Public Health
The national association of all accredited schools of public health.
Includes listing of all schools, background on the field of public
health, and how to pursue careers in infectious or chronic disease
epidemiology, population health, environmental health, health services
administration, health policy and management, biostatistics, and other
Association of American Medical Colleges
The national association of accredited medical schools. Includes information
on considering a career in medicine, requirements for entry into medical
schools, resources for applicants, and list of medical schools in the
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U.S. National Center for Infectious
A center of the CDC whose mission is to prevent infectious diseases in
the U.S. and the world. See Teachers' Tools section for K-12 curricula,
including Virus Encounters and Neato Mosquito. Also has infectious disease
information by various division and programs such as parasitic diseases,
viral and rickettsial diseases, bacterial and mycotic diseases, and AIDS,
STD, and TB laboratory research.
EXCITE was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to educate students about the causes and prevention of disease and injury
while honing their research and analytical skills. Targeted to middle and
high school classes, but may be adapted to all ages. Contains links to
science, health, statistics, and historical background sites. Teacher's
background material and teaching aids available.
Federal Resources for Educational
Contains hundreds of education resources supported by government agencies.
Includes a student resources page. Type in epidemiology, disease, or epidemics
in the search engine to learn more.
A site for health and bioscience teachers and learners. Access Excellence
is a national educational program, part of the developing National Health
Museum, that provides high school biology and life science teachers latest
information on topics such as health and science news, classroom ideas,
a visual library, biotech, and activities exchange.
Contains comprehensive, sequential K-12 curriculum for health education.
There are almost 300 lesson guides that meet National Health Education
Standards and provide skills based assessment methods. May be viewed by
content or grade.
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Local Focus on Infectious
Diego County Health and Human Services Agency
What to Know and Where to Go
The County's Health and Human Services Agency provides a variety of health,
social and supportive services for children, families, elderly, veterans,
and other populations. Look under Health Information for descriptions of
common diseases, symptoms, who is affected, how they're spread, treatment,
and prevention tips in Spanish and English. Also includes detailed information
on sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, immunizations, and other
areas. Click on Care Services for a listing of primary care service sites,
locations, and hours.
Diego County Department of Environmental Health
The Department of Environmental Health's (DEH) role in preventing infectious
diseases is to protect and ensure safety of recreational water, conduct
inspections of food establishments and vendors for safe food handling and
preparation practices, survey and control vectors that cause disease or
distress, manage the effects of water pollution. DEH also establishes and
enforces standards for sanitation at pet shops and establishes operational
and structural standards for tattoo shops and massage parlors. Check out
Frequently Asked Questions. Click on Online Services on the top menu bar
to go to find out beach and bay status reports, conduct a search on when
last food safety inspection was conducted at food establishments, report
complaints for discharges into stormdrains and streets, and find about
more about vector surveillance and control program.
California Department of
Health Services, Preventive Services
Learn about state efforts to prevent disease and premature death and to
enhance the health and well-being of all Californians. Look under Division
of Communicable Disease Control and then under Branches and Programs for
current statewide efforts regarding bioterrorism, disease investigations,
immunizations, border health, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis,
and other areas. Other highlights of Prevention Services include information
on AIDS, drinking water safety, environmental health, and food and drug
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Department of Health Services
Site contains numerous links to local, state, and federal government online
resources. Also has links for minority health and other organizations and
California Primary Care
Association - Links
This page of the California Primary Care Association's site has many useful
resources. Links are organized into the following sections: government
affairs, health care, legal information, and the media.
Library - Epidemiology
An internet web portal designed to bring useful and interesting microbiology
informational resources to all interested.
A comprehensive set of international and national links that cover public
health, bioscience, and medicine in a user-friendly organization: government
agencies, international organizations, universities, professional societies
and organizations, publications, and specific health and disease topics.
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