Mentorship Book List

As of this post, our FPHTC Online Mentor Program has over 130 participants. There is about one mentor for every two mentees (1:2 ratio). As the number of program enrollments continue to increase over the summer, we thought this would be a great time to share a few mentoring resources:

  • Mentoring Health Science Professionals by Dr. Sana Loue, JD, PhD, MPH
    For mentors looking to gain tips on the mentoring process, this book provides insight into mentorship models, phases of the mentoring relationship, and ways to build successful mentoring relationships. Regardless of whether you are mentoring a faculty, student, junior employee, or cross-cultural professional, this book will have applicable suggestions.  It covers more than just your traditional mentoring basics.
  • Transforming Public Health Practice: Leadership and Management Essentials by Bernard J. Healey and Cheryll D. Lesneski
    This text provides the foundation needed for public health practice and management, focusing on developing the knowledge and skills required by the real world of public health. Administrators and supervisors looking to support their team through a mentorship program or mentors who are mentoring groups and future leadership will find this text incredibly valuable.
  • Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference by Bernard J. Turnock
    This is the first book about public health workers, both current and future, that details their roles and responsibilities. It is great for mentees who are looking for basic information about a career possibilities in public health.

As the summer approaches, add these to your reading list and take some time to explore your professional opportunities and enhance your mentoring experiences.

Have any book recommendations for our mentors and mentees? Let us know by emailing


Interview: Mike McHargue

We reached out to Mike McHargue, Director of Public Health & Medical Planning and Response at the Bureau of Preparedness and Response, to get his thoughts on the future of the public health workforce and ways our FPHTC Online Mentor Program participants can prepare for a successful career in emergency management.

“Retaining our human resources is critical to sustaining public health preparedness and leadership,” says McHargue, who supports both formal and informal mentoring. He knows first-hand the challenges that come with sustaining a preparedness and response knowledge base, especially during times of budgets cuts and staff reductions. “Many of the public health pioneers that established current programs have moved on to new endeavors or retired and took critical knowledge and skills with them.”

McHargue is responsible for implementing Health and Medical preparedness capabilities during emergencies and coordinating the ESF8 (Health and Medical) support activities within the established emergency response systems with local, state, and federal partners. “At the State ESF 8 level, we provide planning, training, and exercise support to train and develop current and future practitioners and leaders for local County Health Departments and the Department of Health,” he says.

Mentees who are looking to gain employment in preparedness and response positions should have a range of capabilities – from public health knowledge and clinical skills to emergency management experience. Of course, formal training in Basic National Incident Management System (NIMS) for ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 are required pre-requisites. McHargue believes that a combination of these skills among their total staff is vital to effective preparedness and response planning and implementation.

“We also seek out [professionals] who are flexible and can adapt to changing circumstances, are available to work altered work schedules, are available to deploy to the field, and demonstrate their ability to collaborate with diverse groups for planning and response activities,” he says.

A big thanks to Mike McHargue for his insights. Click here to learn more about Florida’s Bureau of Preparedness and Response.

If any OMP participant has questions or other suggestions, post them in the comments sections under this post (online) or email the program coordinator