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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 topics
Issues in Public Health is an ideal introductory text for higher education students studying public health in depth.
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
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 Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, where he co-directs of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre.