Issues in Public Health

Paperback | October 1, 2011

byFiona Sim, Martin Mckee

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What is public health and why is it important? By looking at the foundations of public health, its historical evolution, the themes that underpin public health and the increasing importance of globalization, this book provides thorough answers to these important questions.

Written by experts in the field, the book discusses the core issues of modern public health, such as tackling vested interests head on, empowering people so they can make healthy decisions, and recognising the political nature of the issues. The new edition has been updated to identify good modern public health practice, evolving from evidence. New features include:

  • Two new chapters on the expanding role of public health, covering the issues of sustainability and climate change, human rights, genetics and armed conflict
  • Expanded UK and international examples
  • Examination of the impact of globalization on higher and lower income countries
  • Exploration of the tension between the population approach and the personal behaviour change model of health promotion
  • A variety of activities to help understanding and learning of the topicsIssues in Public Health is an ideal introductory text for higher education students studying public health in depth.

    Series Editors: Rosalind Plowman and Nicki Thorogood.

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What is public health and why is it important? By looking at the foundations of public health, its historical evolution, the themes that underpin public health and the increasing importance of globalization, this book provides thorough answers to these important questions.Written by experts in the field, the book discusses the core iss...

Fiona Sim is an experienced public health physician and a former programme director for specialist public health training in London. She has a longstanding interest in and commitment to the development of the multidisciplinary public health workforce. Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:3.74 × 2.64 × 0.3 inPublished:October 1, 2011Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:033524422X

ISBN - 13:9780335244225

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Overview of the book
Introduction to the Second Edition

Section 1: Foundation of modern public health
The emergence of public health and the centrality of values
Data on populations and mortality
Understanding the burden of disease: using the available data
Inequalities in health
The impact of health care on population health
Assessing the impact on population health of policies in other sectors

Section 2: Major determinants of health
The changing nature of infectious disease
Tobacco: still a global public health priority
Recognising contemporary determinants of public health: human rights, armed conflict and genetics
Food, trade and health
Drains, dustbins and diseases
Sustainable development and climate change - the 'new' determinants of health

Glossary
Index