Welcome to #Ask Dr Cath!

Back in 2006 I set this website up as a resource for people studying, researching or working in public health in the UK.  At the time there was very little information on what it was that public health doctors, specialists and practitioners did to protect the health of the general population and improve quality of health care.  Since then, internet resources have multiplied and it can now be difficult to make sense of it all.  So to help you out, I've done the detective work for you, distilling the relevant bits and personalising them with the viewpoint of someone who has been working in the field for over 15 years.  

Public health specialists are big on 'evidence' so under Toolkit, I have compiled easy to use sheets on the different tools (methods) that we use to survey health status or disease, produce analytical reports to influence commissoning of health services, change behaviours or audit and evaluate interventions. You are very welcome to use them in your own work.  

Useful facts on aspects of public health are compiled under Snapfacts.  This includes explanations (e.g. what is public health) and the emerging trends in the field.  Instaskills summarises useful skills and knowledge that you may need in your day-to-day work.  

And if you are interested in working in public health, I hope that by looking at Hot Desk and my blog In Dr Cath's Shoes, you will get to know and love public health work as much as I do. 


The views expressed in this website are those of the author.