Essential Public Health

Essential Public Health : Theory and Practice

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How can society most effectively prevent disease and promote health? This is the challenge addressed by this textbook. Public health has been defined as 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' is to address these problems creatively. The aim of this book is to capture both the art and the science of the field. Essential Public Health is divided into two major sections. The first part provides a toolkit of skills the practitioner must acquire, and the second half describes the global challenges faced, and how to go about the task. This will be essential reading for all public health trainees and health professionals, and includes a CD containing interactive, self-assessment questions and exercises to test understanding.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 188 x 244 x 18mm | 762.03g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 42 b/w illus. 27 tables
  • 052168983X
  • 9780521689830
  • 1,397,300

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'... each chapter of the book is attractively set out and material is easy to locate. Each chapter beings with a 'Key Points' box and there is extensive use of figures, tables and information boxes throughout to accompany the text. ... one does not hesitate in recommending this book as a very useful and potentially beneficial introductory course in public health. It will not only prove useful to the student reader, it will also provide source material for the teacher.' Journal of Biosocial Science
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Table of contents

Forewords: Tony Jewell, CMO Wales; Professor John Danesh; Introduction; Part I. The Public Health Toolkit: 1. Demography; 2. Epidemiology; 3. Evidence-based health care; 4. Improving population health; 5. Screening; 6. Health needs assessment; 7. The health status of the population; 8. Health care evaluation; 9. Decision-making in health care; 10. Health protection and communicable disease control; Part II. The Challenges of Public Health in Practice: 11. The health of children and young people Rachel Crowther and Sarah Stuart-Brown; 12. Adult public health Veena Rodrigues; 13. Public health and aging Carol Brayne and Lincoln Sergeant; 14. Tackling health inequalities Chrissie Pickin; 15. Health policy Richard Lewis; 16. Quality measurement and improvement in health care Nick Steel; 17. International development and public health Jenny Amery; Conclusion: Public health - the future - be part of it David Pencheon.
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About Stephen Gillam

Stephen Gillam is Director of Undergraduate Public Health Teaching, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge and a GP in Luton/Visiting Professor at the University of Luton. Jan Yates is a Public Health Specialist Trainee. Padmanabhan Badrinath is a Consultant in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge.
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