Introduction Stephen Gillam; Part I. The Public Health Toolkit: 1. Management, leadership and change Stephen Gillam and Jan Yates; 2. Demography Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam; 3. Epidemiology Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam; 4. The health status of the population Padmanabhan Badrinath and Jan Yates; 5. Evidence-based health care Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam; 6. Health needs assessment Stephen Gillam, Jan Yates and Padmanabhan Badrinath; 7. Decision making in the health care sector - the role of public health Jan Yates and Stephen Gillam; 8. Improving population health Stephen Gillam and Jan Yates; 9. Screening Jan Yates and Stephen Gillam; 10. Health protection and communicable disease control Jan Yates and Padmanabhan Badrinath; 11. Improving quality of care Nicholas Steel and Stephen Gillam; Part II. Contexts for Public Health Practice: Introduction; 12. The health of children and young people Kirsteen L. Macleod, Rachel Crowther and Sarah Stewart-Brown; 13. Adult public heath Veena Rodrigues; 14. Public health and ageing Lincoln Sargeant and Carol Brayne; 15. Health inequalities and public health practice Chrissie Pickin and Jennie Popay; 16. Health policy Richard Lewis and Stephen Gillam; 17. International development and public health Jenny Amery; 18. Sustainable development - the opportunities and the challenges for the public's health David Pencheon; Index.