Essential Public Health

Essential Public Health : Theory and Practice

Edited by Stephen Gillam , Edited by Jan Yates , Edited by Padmanabhan Badrinath


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How can society most effectively prevent disease and promote health? That is the challenge addressed by this textbook. Public health is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. The 'science' is concerned with making a diagnosis of a population's health problems, establishing their cause and determining effective interventions. The 'art' lies in creatively addressing these problems. Essential Public Health captures both the art and science of the field. This second edition has been fully updated with contemporary examples and includes new chapters on sustainability and change, management and leadership. Examples are taken from health systems throughout the world, giving readers a wider perspective of the challenges faced. This is essential reading for all trainees in health care, social care and related disciplines. An internet companion includes supplementary information and interactive, self-assessment questions to test understanding and aid learning.

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  • Paperback | 343 pages
  • 178 x 250 x 18mm | 621.42g
  • 30 Jul 2012
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 24 b/w illus. 46 colour illus.
  • 1107601762
  • 9781107601765
  • 772,662

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Stephen Gillam is Director of Public Health Teaching at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge and a GP in Luton. He is a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire. Jan Yates is a Public Health Consultant in the East of England Strategic Health Authority and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health registered with the UK Public Health Register. She is also a qualified teacher. Padmanabhan Badrinath is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the NHS in Suffolk and Affiliated Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

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