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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karin J Opacich, BSOT, MHPE, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health)
Description: Organized around population health challenges, this update of an introduction to public health successfully conveys the array of public health initiatives and contributions. Far from a pedantic description of the public health enterprise, the book includes rich examples and stories from the annals of public health history, making the book very readable. The author focuses attention on the social, political, and ethical tensions in promoting health as a public good.
Purpose: The author intends this book for undergraduates new to public health, and it illustrates why they should concern themselves about matters pertaining to the health of the public. Rather than evading the complexities, the author clearly describes and embraces the challenges in the public health arena. This book will most definitely contribute to building an informed citizenry.
Audience: Although this book is intended for undergraduate students studying public health, it is an informative read for anyone who seeks an overview of public health endeavors.
Features: The author organizes the book with chapter titles that reflect the vernacular of everyday life, and readers can readily discern the relevance of the topics. Each chapter will increase readers' awareness of the determinants of health and should lead students to question the status quo. The only shortcoming of this book may be that although it raises many ethical tensions pertaining to public health, it cannot possibly pursue these in any real depth. Perhaps the author will inspire readers to do so.
Assessment: This edition of the book incorporates current and relevant information and examples. It is an excellent resource for undergraduate public health students and faculty.