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Public Health Book Reads

Books covering a wide range of topics for public health discussion.

selected guides and suggestions


This guide contains information for the CPH selected book title, along with some suggestions for additional interesting reads. There is also a running list of recommended titles too long to display individually.

Recommendations are welcome. 

Below are a few sites with suggested books along with discussion topics and questions.

Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Reading Club

How are books selected?

Books reference a health topic that aligns with the NIH All of Us Research Program(link is external) and the National Health Observances(link is external) calendar. Fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, and young adult titles are considered for selection based upon the following criteria:

  • Author or book is award-winning or a national bestseller
  • Consistent, positive book reviews or reader ratings
  • Published within the last five years unless the title is considered a classic work
  • Available in another format such as an audio, e-book, or large print
  • Reading guide or book discussion guide available

Publisher Reading Guides

Many publishers have reading guides available on their website. A few are listed here.

Example: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has both a Reader's Guide and a Teacher's Guide. 

Example: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Example: Motherhood So White (opens a pdf)