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Principles of Public Health Microbiology

Author(s): Robert S. Burlage, PhD, Health Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • ISBN-13: 9780763779825
  • Paperback    420 pages      © 2012
Price: $163.95 US List
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Instructor Resources: Sample Syllabus, Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, PowerPoints

This practical, applied textbook examines how infectious disease is transmitted through a population, how it is monitored, and how preventative measures are designed. Major topics include the purification of water, the treatment of wastewater, food microbiology, sexually transmitted diseases, and the methods used to survey populations.

A variety of learning tools, including historical perspectives, case studies, government internet databases, and explanatory figures, help the student to understand the critical concepts of microbiology as they are applied to improve health and prevent disease across populations.


Designed for students who have had a first course in general microbiology, this one-of-a-kind textbook is ideal for upper level undergraduates and graduates in public health and environmental health, as well as environmental engineering, hydrology, and civil engineering.

Applicable Courses

Environmental Health, Public Health Microbiology, Public Health Biology, Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering

Chapter  1  The Scope of Public Health Microbiology
Chapter  2  The Importance of Water
Chapter  3  Water Treatment
Chapter  4  Waterborne Diseases
Chapter  5  Wastewater Treatment
Chapter  6  Case Studies on Water and Wastewater
Chapter  7  Food
Chapter  8  Meat Production
Chapter  9  Dairy Products
Chapter  10  Food Preservation
Chapter  11  Vaccines
Chapter  12  Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Chapter  13  Airborne Diseases
Chapter  14  Vectorborne Diseases
Chapter  15  Biowarfare
Chapter  16  Surveillance, Monitoring, Communication

Robert S. Burlage, PhD-Health Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • "This is a great resource on public health and would be a good, solid textbook for a course on this subject. I found it informative and thorough. Although it is intended for students, the book also can serve as a resource for experts in the field."

    ~ Rebecca T. Horvat, PhD, D(ABMM), University of Kansas Medical Center

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9780763779825

Instructor Manual
Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank

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