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Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy

Author(s): Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH, University of South Florida, Florida
Peter D. Hurd, PhD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Ardis Hanson, MLS, University of South Florida, Florida
  • ISBN-13: 9780763735395
  • ISBN-10:0763735396
  • Paperback    356 pages      © 2008
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From the review in American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy:

"Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy fills a void in the literature. This book represents a unique and worthwhile contribution to the literature as the first comprehensive text that describes the interdisciplinary perspectives of pharmacy and public health in a practical manner across broad-based applications." 


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to public health from a pharmacy perspective. Organized into three main sections, Part I presents concepts and issues that pharmacists need in order to develop a knowledge base in public health. Part II examines the connection between pharmacy and public health services, including an overview of the different health services, evaluation and outcome assessment, financing, managed care pharmacy, and pharmacoeconomics. Part III contains chapters that illustrate key applications of public health concepts to pharmacy practice, including law and ethics, cultural perspectives, informatics, emergency preparedness, and education and training. Each chapter is co-authored by a public health expert as well as a pharmacist. Chapter features include case studies, learning objectives, chapter questions, questions for further discussion, and key terms.

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2 forewords written by experts to introduce the fields of pharmacy and public health


Each chapter includes case scenarios, chapter questions, and additional discussion questions, with answers to go along with all

Learning Objectives and Key Topics and Terms in each chapter

Discussion of the basic issues of public health in a pharmacy context, using case studies to highlight the pharmacy connection

Each chapter concludes with a section entitled: “Implications for Public Health Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice”, a unique approach emphasizing the importance of each chapter to the entire field of public health pharmacy

Comprehensive glossary

Applicable Courses

  • Public Health Pharmacy
  • Health Care Systems
  • Social and Administrative Pharmacy
  • Public Health




Chapter 1. Introduction & Overview: Pharmacy & Public Health

Chapter 2. Applied Epidemiology for Pharmacists: Basic

Concepts and Principles

Chapter 3. Disease Prevention & Health Promotion

Chapter 4. Environmental & Occupational Health

Chapter 5. Behavioral Health


Chapter 6. Public Health Services

Chapter 7. Evaluation in Pharmacy Practice:  Evaluation

and Outcome Assessment

Chapter 8. Financing

Chapter 9.  Public Health & Managed Health Care

Chapter 10. Pharmacoeconomics


Chapter 11. Ethical & Legal Issues

Chapter 12. Cultural Perspectives

Chapter 13. Public Health Informatics

Chapter 14. Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

Chapter 15. Education & Training


Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH-University of South Florida, Florida

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. is Associate Professor & Head of the Graduate Studies in Behavioral Health Program at the University of South Florida de la Parte Institute & College of Public Health.  He also is Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services Research at The University of Texas School of Public Health.  Dr. Levin earned his B.S. (Zoology) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his M.P.H. (Community Health Practice) and Dr.P.H. (Health Services Research & Administration) from The University of Texas, Health Sciences Center at Houston, School of Public Health.

Dr. Levin’s research interests include the areas of managed behavioral health care, mental health policy, graduate behavioral health education, and mental health informatics. His teaching responsibilities at the University of South Florida College of Public Health include courses in behavioral health services delivery, community-based prevention in behavioral health, mental health policy, and mental health informatics.

Dr. Levin currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, and is Senior Editor of the following texts: Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective, 2nd Edition (Oxford University Press, 2004); Women’s Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective (Sage Publications, 1998); and Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1996).  He also edited (with Ardis Hanson) the text, The Building of a Virtual Library (Information Science Publishing, 2003).  Dr. Levin is currently writing (with Ardis Hanson) the text, Mental Health Informatics (Oxford University Press). He has published numerous professional articles and book chapters in behavioral health services delivery.

Peter D. Hurd, PhD-St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Peter D. Hurd is professor of Pharmacy Administration at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he is the Director of the Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Liberal Arts and Assistant Dean of Assessment.  He has also been Director of Graduate Studies at the College.  His Ph.D. is in social and administrative sciences from the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota.  He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in psychology and an M.A. in social psychology from Duke University. 

Dr. Hurd’s research interests include smoking prevention in adolescents, medication utilization of senior athletes, the practical application of management theory to health-related areas, educational strategies including learning styles and active learning, and psychosocial aspects of medication use.  His teaching responsibilities include courses in health care systems, medical sociology, gerontology, and research methods.  Public health has been one of the common threads in both his teaching and research.  He has published 33 professional articles and nine book chapters, and he has presented numerous workshops on personal effectiveness.



Ardis Hanson, MLS-University of South Florida, Florida

Ardis Hanson, M.L.S. is Director of the Research Library at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida.  She received her bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Tampa and her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Interested in the use of technology to enhance research, she developed the web site for the Library and the Institute in 1993 and, as Institute Webmaster, has since created a number of specialized research resources for Institute and Internet users.

She has presented at the USF Symposium on 21st Century Teaching Technologies for the past three years, showcasing innovative software applications.  Ms. Hanson was a member of the original Virtual Library Planning Committee for the University of South Florida Virtual Library Project (1996), and is currently a member of the Virtual Library Implementation Team, an oversight committee for the USF Virtual Library.

Ms. Hanson is currently writing (with Bruce Lubotsky Levin) a text entitled, Mental Health Informatics (Oxford University Press).  She is the Senior Editor of the text, Building a Virtual Library (Information Science Publishing, 2003) and has published (with Bruce Lubotsky Levin) numerous chapters on mental health services, most recently in the following texts: Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2004); Introduction to Health Care Delivery (Jones & Bartlett, 2004); and Handbook of Mental Health Administration and Management (Brunner-Routledge, 2003).  She currently teaches graduate behavioral health courses at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

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