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This book provides a comprehensive overview of public health. It includes discussions of epidemiological investigation, biomedical research, environmental assessment, analysis of individual and group behavior, massive data collection efforts and policy developments. This book will discuss the role of public health in the larger health care delivery system and the political role of public health specifically the role of state and federal governments versus the rights of individuals.
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This book provides a comprehensive view of the dynamic field of public health and its major functions. It introduces the reader ot the major areas that comprise public health such as epidemiology, infectious diseases and the environment.
Reviewer: 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.
Marcella H. Sorg
The introduction to public health presented in this book is the product of a team-taught course at SUNY-Albany. The achieved purpose is to increase knowledge about public health as an important part of undergraduate education. This text, well targeted for undergraduates, is authored by a School of Public Health faculty member and science writer. The author defines public health and its governmental, social, and economic frameworks. Potential conflicts between individual freedom and public policy receive attention. Epidemiological methods are presented conceptually rather than numerically, illustrated with bar graphs and simple tables. Research limitations and ethical dilemmas are discussed, as well as the role of vital statistics and public census data. The changed focus from infectious disease and sanitation to chronic disease, genetics, and environmental teratogens is reflected. Attention is given to topics such as AIDS, drug-resistant bacteria, and even bioterrorism. In six chapters she explores the psychosocial determinants of health, including behavioral factors such as tobacco use, diet, exercise, and accidents, as well as maternal and child health. Chapters on environmental issues include clean air and water, waste handling, and food and drug safety. In the sections on the medical care system and the future of public health the author discusses conflicts between providers, payers, consumers, and public policy. Coverage of our aging society and resulting increased cost of medical care includes issues of rationing and resolving inequities. Current references for each of 29 chapters come from professional journals, government reports, and popular sources. Thoughtfuldiscussion questions appear at the end of each chapter and there is a good index. The glossary includes only 145 words. This book is interesting, comprehensive, and well organized, and is designed for a new undergraduate audience. Deficits, including lack of sufficient attention to cultural issues in definitions of health and risk and to workforce maldistribution, are minor.
Provides a comprehensive overview of the field of public health and its major functions, introducing readers to major areas such as epidemiology, infectious diseases, and the environment. Case examples allow readers to examine real-world public health problems. Coverage includes analytical methods of public health, biomedical basis of public health, social and behavioral factors, environmental issues, medical care, and the future of public health. The author is affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, SUNY. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
3 Stars from Doody