Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health / Edition 1

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This book explores social factors such as culture, mass media, political systems, and migration that influence public health. It systematically consider how we may best study these factors and use our knowledge from this study to guide health interventions. contributors emphasize the potential of population strategies to influence traditional risk factors associated with health and disease.

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Reviewer: Nancy Jean Thompson, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: In this book's 23 chapters, 34 authors examine the relationship between macrosocial factors/processes and health. One chapter introduces the theme, 12 chapters describe the relationship with respect to unique determinants, five critique and provide guidance on the measurement of this relationship, two discuss utilization of this information, and the remaining three chapters integrate information provided in the separate chapters.
Purpose: The purpose is to advance an understanding of the relationship between macrosocial determinants and health so that population health can be improved. This is a worthy yet difficult task as these constructs are large and difficult to measure. The contributors effectively argue that these determinants do influence health. However, the ability to use this understanding to improve population health is dependent on the development of more and better quality measurement of the manner in which the determinants influence health.
Audience: While the editor indicates that the book is primarily for epidemiologists, students and researchers in any area of public health would find this book useful. Further, scholars in many other disciplines would also benefit from reading pertinent chapters in this book.
Features: Each chapter provides information on this relationship in a scholarly yet clear manner. The authors provide appropriate references and avoid discipline-specific jargon. Use of the three final integrative chapters is unique and useful. However I would have liked to have seen more integration of the material such as organizing the material within the context of the Framework of Action (page 445). Further, I found the two listings of the structural determinants (pages 445-446) inconsistent.
Assessment: I intend to use this as the primary textbook in a class I teach on social determinants. I have been using another text (Berkman and Kawachi's Social Epidemiology (Oxford University Press, 2000)) and will continue to use certain chapters of that one. However, I think students will appreciate the fact that this book presents these determinants in more bite-sized pieces and provides more relevant information regarding the utilization of this information to improve population health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387708119
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Edition description: 2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 502
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandro Galea is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He was formerly an Associate Director at the Center for Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Galea co-edited the Handbook of Urban Health for Springer, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     v
Contributors     ix
The Role of Macrosocial Determinants in Shaping the Health of Populations   Sandro Galea   Sara Putnam     3
Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health in the Context of Globalization   Lia S. Florey   Sandro Galea   Mark L. Wilson     15
Urbanicity, Urbanization, and the Urban Environment   Danielle C. Ompad   Sandro Galea   David Vlahov     53
Corporate Practices   Nicholas Freudenberg   Sandro Galea     71
Political Economic Systems and the Health of Populations: Historical Thought and Current Directions   Howard Waitzkin     105
Climate Change   Marie S. O'Neill   Kristie L. Ebi     139
Global Governance   Obijiofor Aginam     159
Macroeconomics   David M. Bishai   Yung-Ting Kung     169
Culture   Richard M. Eckersley     193
Taxation and Population Health: "Sin Taxes" or Structured Approaches   Martin Caraher   Roy Carr-Hill     211
Patent Law and Policy   Aaron S. Kesselheim   Jerry Avorn     233
Migration   Sana Loue   Sandro Galea     247
Mass Media   K. Viswanath   Shoba Ramanadhan   Emily Z. Kontos     275
Integrative Chapter: Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health   Sandro Galea     295
Identifying Causal Ecologic Effects on Health: A Methodological Assessment   S. V. Subramanian   M. Maria Glymour   Ichiro Kawachi     301
Ecological Studies   Sarah Curtis   Steven Cummins     333
Making Causal Inferences About Macrosocial Factors as a Basis for Public Health Policies   Jay S. Kaufman     355
Estimating the Health Effects of Macrosocial Shocks: A Collaborative Approach   Ralph Catalano   Jennifer Ahern   Tim Bruckner     375
What Level Macro? Choosing Appropriate Levels to Assess How Place Influences Population Health   Theresa L. Osypuk   Sandro Galea     399
Integrative Chapter: Methodologic Considerations in the Study of the Macrosocial Determination of Population Health   Sandro Galea     437
Improving population health
Acting Upon the Macrosocial Environment to Improve Health: A Framework for Intervention   Jan C. Semenza   Siobhan C. Maty     443
Case Studies: Improving the Macrosocial Environment   Jan C. Semenza     463
Integrative Chapter: Modifying Macrosocial Factors to Improve Population Health   Sandro Galea     485
Index     489
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