Project Archive: Chronic and Infectious Disease: A Public Health Approach

This is a snapshot of project information archived on 2 September 2022. Please contact the project team for most recent updates.
Chronic and Infectious Disease: A Public Health Approach
Subject: Public Health & Healthy Policy
Book Language: English
Audience: Undergraduate students in public health
Created date: June 3, 2021
Updated date: December 3, 2021
Target Release Date: 2022-08-30
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Project Summary: Chronic and Infectious Disease: A Public Health Approach
Lead editor/author: Brandye Nobiling, PhD, CHES, CSE

About the Project
This textbook will be created for an undergraduate chronic and infectious disease course. This course is often a requirement for students majoring in various health science programs. There has not been a viable text that captures all required content. Therefore, the current option for a textbook is to require two separate texts, one for infectious and one for chronic disease. And often these texts target upper level or graduate students. This open license text will reduce costs for students and provide the appropriate scope and sequence of information that students studying diseases and public health need to know.
The lack of a viable textbook on the subject targeting undergraduate public health/health science students
The cost-effectiveness associated with an open resource textbook.
Primary audience:
Undergraduate public health students. Secondary audience: instructors of chronic and infectious disease courses and/or any interested parties.
The text will consist of 7 modules and each module will include 1-4 chapters. Some modules, such as the History of Disease, will only have one chapter while the module that covers infectious disease, for example, will have multiple chapters to sufficiently cover communicable disease by agent type (e.g. bacterial, viral, etc.). Most modules will include a terminology section that will require students to practice pronouncing terms associated with chronic and infectious disease. The final modules will include case studies to capture how diseases are prevented, controlled, and managed in real world public health practice.
Entire text is CCY BY. Any original artwork is CC-BY-NC



Task Completed
August 31, 2021 Submit project planning template
December 31, 2021 Complete Chapters 1-3
April 30, 2022 Complete Chapters 4-5, case studies, and terminology
May 1, 2022 Elicit peer and student review
June 1, 2022 Make revisions and pilot text
June 30, 2022 Submit final grant report

Measures of Success
The textbook will be piloted in the summer of 2022. Based on feedback from this pilot launch, revisions will be needed. The revised version will have its hard launch in the fall of 2022. From this point forward, feedback will be gathered each semester the text is used, and this feedback will be used to adjust when needed.
Short Description:
In public health, the world is your patient, and this text provides the context behind the various chronic and infectious diseases around the globe.
Chronic and Infectious Disease: A Public Health Approach
introduces readers to the foundations of disease, chronicles the history of disease, categorizes infectious disease based on agent type and chronic disease based on body system, and explores health disparities in chronic and infectious disease. Readers can comprehend how public health professionals prevent, control, and manage disease in the real world.

Chapter 1 - History of Disease
Chapter Objectives:
• Recall significant people and events that led to better understanding of infectious disease.
• Identify infectious disease epidemics throughout human history.
• Comprehend the paradigm shift from infectious disease to chronic disease in the historical timeline.
• Recognize events that were significant to the history of public health in the United States.

Chapter 2 – Causes of Death and Disease in the United States
Chapter Objectives:
• Compare and contrast leading causes of death in the US.
• Define key epidemiology terms: endemic, epidemic, pandemic, prevalence rate, incidence rate, attack rate, and years of potential life lost
• Define and exemplify the three levels of prevention
• Identify and apply the epidemiological triad to disease causation
• Identify the links in the chain of infection and how the links can be broken
• Identify and apply the multi-causation model to disease causation
• Analyze factors that contributed to the shift in leading causes of death over the past hundred years
• Recognize how Healthy People prioritizes leading causes of death in its framework

Infectious Diseases

  • Bacterial infections

  • Viral infections

  • Fungal infections

  • Parasitic infections

  • Health disparities in infectious disease
    Chronic Disease

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Cancer

  • Neurological disease

  • Diabetes

  • Behavioral disease

  • Health disparities in chronic disease
    Case Studies: Infectious Disease
    Examples of how infectious diseases are prevented, controlled, and managed in public health practice.
    Case Studies: Chronic Disease
    Examples of how chronic diseases are prevented, controlled, and managed in public health practice.
    Terminology Pronunciation

Sexually Transmitted Infections