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Essential Public Health


  • 42 b/w illus. 27 tables
  • Page extent: 350 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.77 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521689830)

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.

• A comprehensive textbook equipping the reader with the core skills for public health practice • Written as succinct chapters with key points highlighted and illustrated with case examples • Includes a CD with self-assessment questions and exercises to test understanding


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.

Prize Winner

British Medical Association Public Health category 2008 - Highly commended


'… 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


Tony Jewell, John Danesh, Stephen Gillam, Jan Yates, Padmanabhan Badrinath, Rachel Crowther, Sarah Stuart-Brown, Veena Rodrigues, Carol Brayne, Lincoln Sergeant, Chrissie Pickin, Richard Lewis, Nick Steel, Jenny Amery, David Pencheon

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