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The case studies presented here are explorations of issues faced by practitioners in the public health field. All are designed to engage the reader in the process of thinking about and doing public health work. Some cases include guidelines for conversations in a classroom (discussion notes), but they can be used in other settings as well.

The cases below offer insights from professionals who've wrestled with the issues presented and invite you to do the same.

Monitoring & evaluation in the real world: Evaluating a psychosocial program for Darfur refugees in eastern Chad

by Andrew Rasmussen
Practical and ethical issues faced when evaluating a mental health program in a refugee setting. Read Case Study      Discussion Notes

Capacity building of nursing human resources: How do we get it right?

by Allison Squires
Impact of political, social and financial realities on recommendations for building human resources for health.
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Flashpoints in global cancer research: Negotiating and building cross-site partnerships

by Kristin Bright
Ethical, sociocultural, and logistical challenges to implementing a multi-site breast cancer research program in Egypt, India, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.
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