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Public Health Laboratories: Analysis, Operations, and Management

Author(s): Wiley D. Jenkins, PhD, MPH, Director of Research and Development, Department of Family and Community Medicine Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Illinois
  • ISBN-13: 9780763771027
  • Paperback    288 pages      © 2011
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What do public health laboratories do? What is their mission and how do they use the data they produce? How are these laboratories involved in contemporary issues such as terrorism response and emergency preparedness?

As the only text of its kind, Public Health Laboratories explores the objectives and inner workings of the public health laboratory. The book looks at the array of regulatory agencies such as the USEPA and the FDA, and interagency collaborations such as the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, as well as personnel issues, education and certification requirements, and management topics that impact every day laboratory operations.

Topics include: history of public health labs; different testing sections, methods, missions, and technologies; personnel issues including education and certifications; different laboratory designs/levels/certifications; biological/chemical terrorism response strategies; coordination with law enforcement/outside agencies; uses of lab data; CLIA/HIPAA/other confidentiality and legal issues; personnel management basics; LIMS and other topics.

Chapter  1  An Introduction to Public Health Laboratories
  Section  1.1  A Brief History of U.S. PHLs
  Section  1.2  PHLs: A Unique Mission and Role
  Section  1.3  Distribution and Staffing
  Section  1.4  PHLs Outside of the United States
  Section  1.5  Interstate Coordination and Training
  Section  1.6  Future Directions
  Section  1.7  Discussion Questions
  Section  1.8  References
Chapter  2  The Basics of Microbial Analysis
  Section  2.1  Introduction
  Section  2.2  Sample Types and Collection
  Section  2.3  Sample Preparation
  Section  2.4  Sample Analysis
  Section  2.5  Quality Control
  Section  2.6  Discussion Questions
  Section  2.7  References
Chapter  3  The Basics of Chemical Analyses
  Section  3.1  Introduction
  Section  3.2  Sample Types and Collection
  Section  3.3  Sample Preparation
  Section  3.4  Sample Extraction
  Section  3.5  Sample Extract Cleanup
  Section  3.6  Sample Extract Volume Reduction and Solvent Exchange
  Section  3.7  Sample Extract Analysis
  Section  3.8  Quality Control
  Section  3.9  Discussion Questions
  Section  3.10  References
Chapter  4  The Basics of Radiological Analyses
  Section  4.1  Introduction
  Section  4.2  Sample Types and Collection
  Section  4.3  Sample Preparation
  Section  4.4  Sample Analysis
  Section  4.5  Quality Control
  Section  4.6  Discussion Questions
  Section  4.7  References
Chapter  5  Clinical Testing
  Section  5.1  Introduction
  Section  5.2  Tuberculosis
  Section  5.3  Influenza
  Section  5.4  Rabies
  Section  5.5  West Nile and Arboviruses
  Section  5.6  Protozoan Parasites
  Section  5.7  Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  Section  5.8  Enterics
  Section  5.9  Newborn Screening
  Section  5.10  Blood Lead
  Section  5.11  Discussion Questions
  Section  5.12  References
Chapter  6  Water Testing
  Section  6.1  Introduction
  Section  6.2  Microorganisms
  Section  6.3  Disinfectants and Disinfectant By-Products
  Section  6.4  Inorganic Chemicals
  Section  6.5  Organic Chemicals
  Section  6.6  Radionuclides
  Section  6.7  Secondary Drinking Water Standards
  Section  6.8  Discussion Questions
  Section  6.9  References
Chapter  7  Food Testing
  Section  7.1  Introduction
  Section  7.2  Important Bacterial, Parasitic and Viral Agents
  Section  7.3  Food Sample Collection
  Section  7.4  Food Analysis Algorithms
  Section  7.5  Culturing and Other Analysis Methods
  Section  7.6  Discussion Questions
  Section  7.7  References
Chapter  8  Air Testing
  Section  8.1  Introduction
  Section  8.2  Overview – Instrumentation and Methods
  Section  8.3  Particulate Matter (PM)
  Section  8.4  NOX
  Section  8.5  SOX
  Section  8.6  CO
  Section  8.7  Ozone
  Section  8.8  Lead
  Section  8.9  Hazardous Air Pollutants
  Section  8.10  Discussion Questions
  Section  8.11  References
Chapter  9  Terrorism Preparedness and Response
  Section  9.1  Introduction
  Section  9.2  Biological Agents
  Section  9.3  Chemical Agents
  Section  9.4  Radiological Agents
  Section  9.5  Discussion Questions
  Section  9.6  References
Chapter  10  Operations and Management
  Section  10.1  Introduction
  Section  10.2  Personnel
  Section  10.3  Facilities and design
  Section  10.4  CLIA
  Section  10.5  HIPAA
  Section  10.6  Laboratory Certification and New Testing
  Section  10.7  Budgeting and Accounting
  Section  10.8  Preparing for the Unexpected
  Section  10.9  Discussion Questions
  Section  10.10  References
Chapter  11  Laboratory Data – Uses and Communication
  Section  11.1  Introduction
  Section  11.2  Public Health Information Network
  Section  11.3  Data Communication
  Section  11.4  Disease Diagnosis and Healthcare
  Section  11.5  Program Evaluation
  Section  11.6  Epidemiology
  Section  11.7  Geographic Information Systems
  Section  11.8  Discussion Questions
  Section  11.9  References
Chapter  12  Links between Laboratory Work and Other Public Health Disciplines
  Section  12.1  Introduction
  Section  12.2  Biostatistics and Laboratory Work
  Section  12.3  Community Health and Laboratory Work
  Section  12.4  Environmental Health and Laboratory Work
  Section  12.5  Epidemiology and Laboratory Work
  Section  12.6  Health Policy and Administration and Laboratory Work
  Section  12.7  Discussion Questions
  Section  12.8  References

Wiley D. Jenkins, PhD, MPH-Director of Research and Development, Department of Family and Community Medicine Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Illinois

Wiley D. Jenkins, PhD, MPH is currently an Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. His primary role is Director of Research and Program Development for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and he is also a faculty member of the Public Health Laboratory Science program in the Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology. He joined the School of Medicine in August of 2007 after thirteen years with the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Laboratories, where he held positions as laboratory chemist, section supervisor, division bioterrorism coordinator, and laboratory operations manager. In 1999 he was awarded a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Graduate Certificate Program Scholarship and attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating with an MPH in Epidemiology in 2003. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with his PhD in Health Policy and Administration in 2007. Current research interests include the development and implementation of novel chlamydia and gonorrhea interventions involving primary care physicians.

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