Essential Public Health: Theory and Practice / Edition 2

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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: 6/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Gillam is Director of Public Health Teaching at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge and a GP in Luton. He is a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire.

Jan Yates is a Public Health Consultant in the East of England Strategic Health Authority and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health registered with the UK Public Health Register. She is also a qualified teacher.

Padmanabhan Badrinath is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the NHS in Suffolk and Affiliated Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

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.

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