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Training physicians for public health careers / Committee on Training Physicians for Public Health Careers, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice ; Lyla M. Hernandez and A. Wezi Munthali, editors.

p. ; cm.

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN-13: 978-0-309-10760-0 (pbk. (perfect bound) : alk. paper)

ISBN-10: 0-309-10760-1 (pbk. (perfect bound) : alk. paper)

1. Public health personnel—Training of—United States. 2. public health personnel—Supply and demand—United States. I. Hernandez, Lyla M. II. Munthali, A. Wezi. III. Institute of Medicine (U.S.). Committee on Training Physicians for Public Health Careers.

[DNLM: 1. Education, Public Health Professional—United States. 2. Physicians—United States. 3. Public Health—manpower—United States. WA 18 T7687 2007]

RA440.9.T73 2007



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