Introduction To Public Health / Edition 3

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As public health concerns and controversies have continued to evolve, the new Third Edition of this best-selling text offers new and updated discussions of current topics, recent events, and the most up-to-date data to illustrate the key issues that affect the public’s health.

Key Features:

The author uses a reader-friendly, narrative style making the text engaging and accessible to a broad range of students.
The text illustrates the multidisciplinary nature of public health and the complex ethical and political issues central to it.
It includes discussions of epidemiological investigation, biomedical research, environmental assessment, analyses of individual and group behavior, massive data collection efforts, and policy developments.
New to this Edition:

New discussions about U.S. health care reform
New discussions of the globalization of national economies and its effect on the health of populations
Expanded discussions on health disparities
New analysis of what went wrong just after Hurricane Katrina
Updated discussions of developments in topics such are H1N1 Swine Flu, Hormone Replacement Therapy, FDA regulation, HPV vaccine controversy planning for Healthy People 2020 and much more.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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 (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763763817
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 4/21/2010
  • Edition description: 3E
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 595
  • Sales rank: 616,188
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I What is Public Health? 1
Ch. 1 Public Health: Science, Politics, and Prevention 3
Ch. 2 Why Is Public Health Controversial? 16
Ch. 3 Powers and Responsibilities of Government 27
Pt. II Analytical Methods of Public Health 43
Ch. 4 Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health 45
Ch. 5 Epidemiologic Principles and Methods 62
Ch. 6 Problems and Limits of Epidemiology 77
Ch. 7 Statistics: Making Sense of Uncertainty 89
Ch. 8 The Role of Data in Public Health 109
Pt. III Biomedical Basis of Public Health 123
Ch. 9 The "Conquest" of Infectious Diseases 125
Ch. 10 The Resurgence of Infectious Diseases 142
Ch. 11 The Biomedical Basis of Chronic Diseases 163
Ch. 12 Genetic Diseases and Other Inborn Errors 175
Pt. IV Social and Behavioral Factors in Health 189
Ch. 13 Do People Choose Their Own Health? 191
Ch. 14 How Psychosocial Factors Affect Health and Health Behavior 204
Ch. 15 Tobacco: Public Health Threat Number One 221
Ch. 16 Diet and Activity Patterns: Public Health Threat Number Two 239
Ch. 17 Injuries Are Not Accidents 259
Ch. 18 Maternal and Child Health as a Social Problem 277
Pt. V Environmental Issues in Public Health 297
Ch. 19 A Clean Environment: The Basic of Public Health 299
Ch. 20 Clean Air: Is It Safe To Breathe? 313
Ch. 21 Clean Water: A Limited Resource 326
Ch. 22 Solid and Hazardous Wastes: What To Do with the Garbage? 338
Ch. 23 Safe Food and Drugs: An Ongoing Regulatory Battle 349
Ch. 24 Population: The Ultimate Environmental Health Issues 364
Pt. VI Medical Care and Public Health 379
Ch. 25 Is the Medical Care System a Public Health Issue? 381
Ch. 26 Why the U.S. Medical System Needs Reform 397
Ch. 27 Health Services Research: Finding What Works 412
Ch. 28 Public Health and the Aging Population 430
Pt. VII The Future of Public Health 451
Ch. 29 Public Health at the End of the Century: Achievements and Challenges 453
Glossary 468
Index 481
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