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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Image Library

CDC's Public Health Image Library website provides health information for general knowledge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. This site includes Photographs, Illustrations, Multimedia Files in a Public Health Image Library with subject matter that is quite interesting for science students but might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised. Most of the information included on the website is in the public domain and therefore may be copied, reproduced, or adapted to meet local needs, provided that the information is distributed free of cost and not for profit, and that CDC is cited as the source of such information. The Data and Statistics link at the site listed here as Mirror Site includes under Key Resources the CDC Injury Center's interactive mapping system, giving you access to the geographic distribution of injury-related mortality rates in the the United States.


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Rosaria Newman
Rosaria Newman (Student)
5 years ago
Great link and information contained can be used for work.
Used in course? Yes
Thomas Rimmer
Thomas Rimmer (Faculty)
14 years ago
This site is an excellent source of photographs, illustrations and videos related to public health. It has a large number of available pictures which are easily searchable using keywords. For example, using the keyword “immunization” there are a total of 309 images, of which 261 are public domain photos. The keyword “vaccination” yielded 572 images, of which 501 are public domain photos and five are public domain videos. Here are a few other examples: AIDS – 227 images; influenza – 133 images; salmonella – 49 images; nutrition – 124 images; blood pressure – 24 images; mosquito – 617 images. There are many ways to search the database, other than simple keywords. These ways include within date ranges, by type of image, by phrases, and searches with searches to narrow the scope of a search. One may also narrow a search by sorting within Medical Subjects Headings (MeSH) from the National Library of Medicine. As the web site states, the “images are: Available free of charge; Print quality; Accessible through the Internet to both Macintosh and PC users; Copyright cleared (with few exceptions)” All give the source information, and in some cases extensive descriptions. It’s hard to imagine a more useful source of images and related teaching materials.

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The pictures can be saved easily by right-clicking on the picture and choosing either “copy” or “save picture as…” Many of the photos are high resolution pictures suitable for any sort of teaching medium so you also have the option of downloading the high resolution version.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes