A new mobile application — or “app” — from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows users to access health information from the agency at their fingertips.

The CDC app is available free for the iPad tablet and will provide access to health articles, popular journals, timely updates, blogs and podcasts. It also features tabs that allow access to CDC’s social media channels, provide additional health information and link back to the CDC website.

CDC’s app reflects a growing trend in public health. According to a recent article in The Nation’s Health, public health-related apps are rising in popularity. APHA’s newspaper reported in October 2011 that more and more organizations and agencies are using apps to disseminate health information and help people live safer, healthier lives.

The Nation’s Health launched its mobile app — which is available free for iPhone, iPad and Android users — in September, providing mobile access to newspaper content.