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Public Health in Pharmacy Practice: A Casebook 2nd Edition

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This casebook, now in its second edition, is a collaboration of over 90 individuals with expertise and training in public health pharmacy. A total of 54 chapters are presented, covering a broad array of topics relevant to pharmacy applications of public health. These topics include, but are not limited to, cross-cultural care, health literacy and disparities, infectious disease, health promotion and disease prevention, medication safety, structural racism, advocacy/policy analysis, chronic disease, women’s health, rural health, travel medicine and more. The book is designed to allow educators/students to choose chapters of interest as they feel suited, as each chapter is independent from the others. Each chapter contains learning objectives and an introduction to the topic, followed by a case and questions. The chapter closes with commentary from the authors and patient-oriented considerations for the topic at hand.

An Instructor Manual is available online and for download (password-protected, email Jordan Covvey for access)


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1. An ounce of prevention: pharmacy applications of the USPSTF guidelines

2. Communicating health information: hidden barriers and practical approaches

3. Medication safety: to ‘error’ is human

4. Drawing the line: preventing sexually transmitted infections

5. Interprofessional collaboration: transforming public health through team work

6. HIV and hepatitis C co-infection: a double-edged sword

7. Ethical decision-making in global health: when cultures clash

8. Safe opioid use in the community setting: reverse the curse?

9. The ‘state’ of things: epidemiologic comparisons across populations

10. Saying what you mean doesn’t always mean what you say: cross-cultural communication

11. The cough heard ‘round the world: working with tuberculosis

12. More than just diet and exercise: social determinants of health and well-being

13. Deciphering immunization codes: making evidence-based recommendations

14. Getting to the point: importance of immunizations for public health

15. Smoke in mirrors: the continuing problem of tobacco use

16. Plant now, harvest later: services for rural underserved patients

17. Telepharmacy: building a connection to close the healthcare gap

18. Hormonal contraception: from emergency coverage to long-term therapy

19. From belly to baby: preparing for a healthy pregnancy

20. When disaster strikes: managing chaos and instilling lessons for future events

21. Anticipating anthrax and other bioterrorism threats

22. In the stroke of time: pharmacist roles in the management of cerebrovascular accident

23. Alcohol use disorder: beyond prohibition

24. Immunizing during a pandemic: considerations for COVID-19 vaccinations

25. Sweetening the deal: improving health outcomes for patients with diabetes mellitus

26. The hidden burden of hemodialysis: personal and economic impacts

27. Only a mirage: searching for healthy options in a food desert

28. Sex education: counseling patients from various cultural backgrounds

29. Harm reduction for people who use drugs: A life-saving opportunity

30. Digging deeper: improving health communication with patients

31. Equity for all: providing accessible healthcare for patients living with disabilities

32. Laying the foundation for public health priorities: Healthy People 2030

33. Staying on track: reducing missed immunization opportunities in the pediatric population

34. When love hurts: caring for patients experiencing interpersonal violence

35. Pharmacists and Medicare Part D: helping patients navigate their prescription benefits

36. Expanding the pharmacists’ role: assessing mental health and suicide

37. Bridging the gap between oncology and primary care: a multidisciplinary approach

38. A stigma that undermines care: opioid use disorder and treatment considerations

39. Deprescribing in palliative care: applying knowledge translation strategies

40. Let your pharmacist be your guide: navigating barriers to pharmaceutical access

41. Open-door policy: a window into creation, implementation, and assessment

42. PrEPare yourself: let’s talk about sex

43. Unexpected souvenirs: parasitic and vector-borne infections during and after travel

44. You say medication, I say meditation: effectively caring for diverse populations

45. The Sustainable Development Goals and pharmacy practice: a blueprint for health

46. Experiences of a Caribbean immigrant: going beyond clinical care

47. Medicine for the soul: spirituality in pharmacy

48. Uncrossed wires: working with non-English speaking patient populations

49. Unintended consequences of e-cigarette use: a public health epidemic

50. A toxic situation: the roles of pharmacists and poison control centers

51. Prescription for change: advocacy and legislation in pharmacy

52. Travel medicine: what you need to know before you go

53. A pharmacist’s obligation: advocating for change

54. The great undoing: a multigenerational journey from racism to social determinants of health

Jordan R Covvey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Administration
Duquesne University School of Pharmacy; Pittsburgh, PA

Vibhuti Arya, PharmD

Clinical Professor
St John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Queens, NY

Natalie A. DiPietro Mager, PharmD, MPH

Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy; Ada, OH

Neyda V. Gilman, MLS

Senior Assistant Librarian, Liaison for Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health
Binghamton University Libraries; Binghamton, NY

MaRanda Herring, PharmD, BCACP

Staff Pharmacist
Walmart; Austin, AR

Leslie Ochs, PharmD, PhD, MSPH

Associate Professor and Chair, Social and Administrative Pharmacy
University of New England College of Pharmacy; Portland, ME

Lindsay Waddington, PharmD, MPH, BCCCP

Emergency Medicine/Critical Care Pharmacist
LMH Health; Lawrence, KS