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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James C. Torner, MS, PhD (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description: This is an introductory overview of public health with an emphasis on epidemiology, population health, prevention, and health economics. The book provides a sequential description of concepts and aspects of public health and features graphic representation of many of the concepts.
Purpose: The focus is on providing an initial guide to the fundamental aspects of public health for students, clinicians, and health professionals.
Audience: Medical students and professionals are the primary audience, but other health professionals and new public health students would benefit from the topics and characterization of these key public health concepts. The book grew out of the authors' experience and the development of a medical school course.
Features: In a logical progression of topics, the book provides a context for and definition of public health concepts and methods. The first section covers epidemiology, including measures and design. The second section presents key indicators of health and their measurement. The section on prevention characterizes various public health programs and key concepts such as behavioral modification. The economics section focuses on assessment, evaluation, and integration of public health services.
Assessment: This is a useful summary that provides a quick overview so that students or professionals can acquire the basic knowledge of public health. The book is contemporary with recent references and examples. While the book presents basic concepts, the examples are from the U.K., hence their applicability is more relevant for a U.K. audience.