Essential Public Health: Theory and Practice / Edition 2

Essential Public Health: Theory and Practice / Edition 2

by Stephen Gillam
     
 

ISBN-10: 1107601762

ISBN-13: 9781107601765

Pub. Date: 06/30/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

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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. The second half describes the challenges faced in improving population health, and how to go about the task.

This will be essential reading for all those training in health care, social care and related disciplines such as environmental health. It includes a CD containing interactive, self-assessment questions and exercises to test understanding and aid learning.

About the Author:
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

About the Author:
Jan Yates is a Public Health Specialist with experience of public health practice in Primary Care Trusts and acute hospital and mental health settings. She is a qualified teacher

About the Author:
Padmanabhan Badrinath is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Suffolk Primary Care Trust and an Affiliated ClinicalLecturer, Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the Institute of Public Health University of Cambridge

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107601765
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors     vii
Foreword     ix
Foreword     xi
Acknowledgements     xiii
Introduction     1
The public health toolkit
Demography     11
Epidemiology     24
Evidence-based health care     59
Improving population health     76
Screening     94
Health needs assessment     111
The health status of the population     124
Health care evaluation     138
Decision-making in health care     149
Health protection and communicable disease control     165
The challenges of public health in practice
The health of children and young people   Rachel Crowther   Sarah Stewart-Brown     185
Adult public health   Veena Rodrigues     207
Public health and ageing   Lincoln Sergeant   Carol Brayne     225
Tackling health inequalities   Chrissie Pickin     240
Health policy   Richard Lewis     257
Quality measurement and improvement in health care   Nicholas Steel     271
International development and public health   Jenny Amery     285
Public health - thefuture - be part of it...   David Pencheon     307
Glossary     312
Index     323

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