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Overview

The Public Health Primer begins with a brief overview of the history and development of public health and then examines the current public health system in the United States. The second part of the book covers the fundamentals of how disease and disease patterns across populations are defined, observed and measured. The final part covers health promotion, prevention, planning and global health issues.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Arden Handler, DrPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book provides a review of public health practice in the United States, describing the functions of public health, its basic tools, and the interventions it uses to address health problems.
Purpose: It aims to provide a basic introduction to public health, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with public health's objectives, practice, and impact.
Audience: The book is written for undergraduate students in the health sciences, for some graduate students in public health and health policy or administration, and for public health practitioners who want a brief primer to re-familiarize themselves with public health principles and concepts.
Features: The book is clearly divided into three sections: the history, development, and organization of public health; basic concepts and analytic tools in public health; and public health interventions and applications. Each section has a nice overview which serves to link the three sections of the book. The glossary and list of acronyms are particularly helpful.
Assessment: Although the book attempts to provide a brief and relatively simple description of public health (a worthy objective), this is a difficult undertaking. The authors often hit the mark, but sometimes their presentation is so superficial as to leave the reader without a basic understanding or possibly with misconceptions. The book needs to be used in conjunction with other introductory texts on public health.
Arden Handler
This book provides a review of public health practice in the United States, describing the functions of public health, its basic tools, and the interventions it uses to address health problems. It aims to provide a basic introduction to public health, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with public health's objectives, practice, and impact. The book is written for undergraduate students in the health sciences, for some graduate students in public health and health policy or administration, and for public health practitioners who want a brief primer to re-familiarize themselves with public health principles and concepts. The book is clearly divided into three sections: the history, development, and organization of public health; basic concepts and analytic tools in public health; and public health interventions and applications. Each section has a nice overview which serves to link the three sections of the book. The glossary and list of acronyms are particularly helpful. Although the book attempts to provide a brief and relatively simple description of public health (a worthy objective), this is a difficult undertaking. The authors often hit the mark, but sometimes their presentation is so superficial as to leave the reader without a basic understanding or possibly with misconceptions. The book needs to be used in conjunction with other introductory texts on public health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761906537
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Jo Fairbanks, Ph.D., is Professor emeritus with a doctorate in Community Health Education, and has more than 20 years of experience as a public health practitioner in New Mexico. She is also the Director of the Public Health Outreach Education Program (PHOEP), which provides off-campus education in the basics of public health agencies and communities throughout the Southwest. Dr. Fairbanks is very active in community based projects including efforts to build local public health capacity through grants in education and training. She provides courses in Rural Health Issues, Public Health Program Planning and Proposal Writing, US/ Mexico Border Health, and the Final Integrative Experience course to the university, agencies, etc. She co-authored two public health books: The Public Health Primer and Case Studies in Community Health, and has authored several articles on health professional shortages and health care utilization on the border. She developed a web based course in the fundamentals of public health for MCH students that can be accessed through the University of Utah.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE DEFINITION, DEVELOPMENT AND ORGANIZATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
History and Development
The Current US Public Health System
Public Health Practice
Assessment, Assurance and Public Development
PART TWO: BASIC CONCEPTS AND ANALYTIC TOOLS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
Epidemiology and Determinants of Disease
Basic Measurements and Statistics
Makng Inferences from Observations
Surveillance and Monitoring the Health of Populations
PART THREE: PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS AND APPLICATIONS
Health Promotion and Health Protection
Personal Health Care Services
Health Planning
Global Health

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