Public Health in Florida
Public health has played a role in Florida’s history since before statehood. This guide from the State Library of Florida explores public health in Florida history and in modern times.
Health professionals employed by the State of Florida who have a State Library card can access e-books, online journals and other resources for free. We can also deliver books and research articles directly to your office.
Other researchers can request most of these materials through their local public library.
Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our catalog or to more information on external sites.
Public Health in history
- Florida State Board of Health. Annual Report. Jacksonville, FL: 1890-1968.
- Florida State Board of Health. Florida Health Notes. Jacksonville, FL: 1892-1975.
- Hilde, Libra Rose. Worth a Dozen Men: Women and Nursing in the Civil War South. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2012.
- Jarvis, Eric. “A Plague in Paradise: Public Health and Public Relations During the 1962 Encephalitis Epidemic in St. Petersburg, Florida.” Florida Historical Quarterly 85.4 (2007): 371–397.
- Merritt, Webster. “Physicians and Medicine in Early Jacksonville.” Florida Historical Quarterly 24.4 (1946): 266–286.
- Pearce, George F. “Torment of Pestilence: Yellow Fever Epidemics in Pensacola.” Florida Historical Quarterly 56.4 (1978): 448–472.
- Snow, Alice Micco, and Susan Enns Stans. Healing Plants: Medicine of the Florida Seminole Indians. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2001.
- State Archives of Florida. “Miami-Dade County Health Department Collection.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services.
- State Archives of Florida. “Pestilence, Potions, and Persistence: Early Florida Medicine.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services.
- State Archives of Florida. “Physician’s Journal: Medicine on the Florida Frontier.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services.
Public Health today
Reports and statistics
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Data & Statistics.” CDC.gov. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Emergency Department Utilization Report. Tallahassee, FL: 2005-present.
- Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. Florida Medicaid Program Summary of Services. Tallahassee, FL: 1993-present.
- Florida Agency for Persons With Disabilities. Quarterly Report on Agency Services to Floridians With Developmental Disabilities and Their Costs. Tallahassee, FL: 2007-present.
- Florida Department of Children and Families. Domestic Violence Annual Report: Domestic Violence Services. Tallahassee, FL: 1998-present.
- Florida Department of Children and Families. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Plan. Tallahassee, FL: 2001-present.
- Florida Department of Health. Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. Tallahassee, FL: 1998-present.
- Florida Department of Health. Florida Youth Tobacco Survey: County Data Book. Tallahassee, FL: 2000-2008.
- Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Annual Report. Tallahassee, FL: 1994-present.
- National Library of Medicine. “U.S. National Library of Medicine.” NIH.gov. National Institutes of Health.
- Aguirre-Molina, Marilyn, Luisa N. Borrell, and William Vega, eds. Health Issues in Latino Males: A Social and Structural Approach. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2010.
- Dawson, Angus, ed. Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
- Delgado, Melvin, and Denise Humm-Delgado. Health and Health Care in the Nation’s Prisons: Issues, Challenges, and Policies. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
- Mallon, Gerald P., and Peg McCartt Hess, eds. Child Welfare for the Twenty-First Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2014.
- Morgan, Leslie A. et al. Quality Assisted Living: Informing Practice Through Research. New York, NY: Springer, 2012.
- National Research Council, and Institute of Medicine. Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2009.
- Paulson, Daryl S., and Stanley Krippner. Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans Including Women, Reservists, and Those Coming Back From Iraq. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2007.
- Wise, David A., ed. Discoveries in the Economics of Aging. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
- Woloshin, Steve, Lisa M. Schwartz, and H. Gilbert Welch. Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.
- Zlotnick, Cheryl, ed. Children Living in Transition: Helping Homeless and Foster Care Children and Families. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2014.