Required Summer Readings

Read more about recommended summer readings to introduce you to the world of public health.

At the Rollins School of Public Health, it is an expectation that our faculty, staff and students promote and foster a community of belonging. Throughout your time at Rollins, there will be opportunities to engage in conversations related to diversity, equity and inclusion in public health. During our Orientation Virtual Sessions, you will participate in a Cultural Humility Training, and learn more about the intersections of racism and COVID-19 in Atlanta during our Virtual CDC Day Event.

Students are required to select at least one of the following books to read this summer

Below are additional public health book recommendations from years past. 

This list is made up of popular books that communicate key public health themes:

The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS Author: Elizabeth Pisani

And the Band Played On Author: Randy Shilts

Crazy Like Us Author: Ethan Watters

The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic that Shaped Our History  Author: Molly Caldwell Crosby

Beating Back the Devil: On the Frontlines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service  Author: Maryn McKenna

The Demon Under the Microscope: From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug  Author: Thomas Hager

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explains the Hidden Side of Everything   Authors: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-- and How It Changed Science, Societies and the Modern World   Author: Steven Johnson

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies   Author: Jared Diamond

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care  Author: T.R. Reid

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  Author: Rebecca Skloot

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, the Man Who Could Cure the World  Author: Tracy Kidder

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America  Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals  Author: Michael Pollan

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor  Author: Paul Farmer

Polio: An American Story  Author: David M. Oshinsky

The Secret History of the War on Cancer  Author: Devra Davis

Silent Spring  Author: Rachel Carson