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Public Health

Online Resources

Medline Plus  National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, treatments, and wellness issues

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library  Searchable series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers


Research Instruments, Surveys and Tools

Surveys and Tools 

If you need an actual copy of the instrument to use in research, you need to not only obtain the instrument, but also permission to use the instrument. Research instruments may be copyrighted. To obtain permission, contact the copyright holder in writing (print or email).

Try searching for the test title in  Google or Google Scholar
Try searching for a journal article with a test included or appended to the article. 
Dissertations sometimes contain the instrument used in an appendix.

Medical Outcomes Trust

Surveys and Tools from the NIH

Health Literacy Tool Shed

Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (HSRR)

Rand Health Surveys and Tools

Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database


Central California Center for Health and Human Services  CCCHHS brings together university resources and community professionals, agencies and organizations to improve the health and welfare of communities located within Central California. There are six institutes and programs that provide research, data and leadership on important issues focusing on Central California

California Department of Public Health Programs programs from both organizational and A-Z Index views

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) At the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and control infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, workplace hazards, disabilities, and environmental health threats.

Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers  from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services

Food & Drug Administration assures the safety of foods and cosmetics, and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products, and medical devices

Health Reform   from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Statistics, state-by-state information on health care coverage, videos from average Americans calling for health reform, public opinion polls and more.

Food Environment Atlas  from the USDA, promotes research on food choices and diet quality and provides information on community access to healthy food.

Healthy People 2020 Government program for prevention and community health

National Institutes of Health The primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical researchinformation for researchers, made up of 27 institutes and centers.

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries  

World Health Organization the authority for health within the United Nations system.

CAPHIS  Consumer and Patient Health Information Section from  the Medical Library Association. Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust

Health Services Research Projects in Progress  From NIH, NLM

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine from the  National Institutes of Health.


Public Health Image Library (PHIL) From the CDC

ARRS Goldminer   radiological images published in selected peer-reviewed journals. Search by findings, anatomy, imaging technique, and patient age and sex.