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Collection Development Policy Statement: Public Health: Purpose or Scope of Collection

Purpose or Scope of Collection

A. Curricular, Research and Programmatic Needs

The purpose of the Public Health Collection of the MSU Libraries’ is to support the research, teaching, and information needs of students and faculty in the interdisciplinary Program in Public Health.  Faculties in this program are drawn from multiple MSU colleges, including the College of Human Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Adjunct faculties are also working professionals in the Public Health field outside of the MSU community.  The collection consists of materials in this field and attempts will be made to have a balanced collection of materials appropriate to the mission of the MSU Libraries.

The Program in Public Health offers courses leading to the Masters of Public Health degree. Students can also receive a specializations in; Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals, Interpersonal Violence, Public Health Informatics, International Public Health, Food Safety and Toxicology, Urban Public Health, and Clinical Research Coordinator certification.

B. History of the Collection, Existing Strengths and Emphasis

Although the Public Health Program at MSU officially began with three online courses in the Fall of 2008, materials that support many areas of the discipline have been collected since the 1960s to support related work in the Colleges of Human Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.

In particular the research and teaching needs of the students and faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, established in 1987 within the College of Human Medicine, have driven the MSU Libraries collection efforts in public health, including biostatistics, and the biological origins of disease and the impact of social, economic and environmental conditions that may contribute to ill-health

Research in new areas and continued emphasis on the current areas of research will be emphasized.

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