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Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Guide for the Study of Pathophysiology

Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Guide for the Study of Pathophysiology

by Constance U. Battle
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Understanding how and why manifestations of a disease occur and incorporating this knowledge into public health decision-making is the very essence of public health practice.

As the only text of its kind, Essentials of Public Health Biology explores pathophysiology within the context of the disciplines and profession of public health. Readers will gain a clear understanding of the pathogenesis of various disease conditions and how to identify critical points at which such pathogenesis could either be prevented or interrupted. Infectious, nutritional, metabolic, genetic, and environmental risks and the impact of such risks on various organ systems are thoroughly examined.

Ideal for the student with a science background, this text applies the scientific clinical foundation to the practice of public health through case studies, exercises, and points for discussion.

• Gives readers a clear understanding of the biological basis of disease put in the context of Public Health.
• Teaches key skills in public health to prepare the student for further investigation of critical topics.
• Includes a complete package of instructor and student resources including interactive flashcards and glossary available at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763744649
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Series: Essential Public Health
Edition description: 1E
Pages: 614
Sales rank: 659,443
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health

Table of Contents

Preface Contributors
Preface Prologue
Preface How to Use This Text: Key To Chapter Format
Part I Concepts of Health and Disease in Public Health
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 1 Essay: The Origins And Achievements Of Modern Science
Chapter 2 Biochemistry: A Foundation For Health Sciences
Chapter 3 Genetics And Public Health
Chapter 4 The Public Health Triad
Chapter 5 Epidemiological And Public Health Perspectives On Aging In America
Chapter 6 Drug-Induced Diseases And Safe Medication Use
Chapter 7 Disease Versus Disease: How Some Diseases Ameliorate Others
Chapter 8 Behavioral Determinants Of Health
Part II Using Public Health To Address Behavioral Change
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 9 Understanding Nutrition For The Public's Health
Chapter 10 The Nutrition Transition: Changes In Eating Patterns And The Relationship To Chronic Illness
Chapter 11 Exercise: The Vaccine And Antidote For Obesity
Chapter 12 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Lifespan Perspective
Chapter 13 Smoking, Nicotine And Addiction: Tobacco Or Health?
Chapter 14 Pathophysiology Of Injury: Why Gravity Is Your Enemy
Chapter 15 Oral Health: The Neglected Epidemic In Public Health
Part III Concepts of Pathophysiology
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 16 Immunizations And Immunity
Chapter 17 Inflammation: Understanding Its Role In Acute And Chronic Disease
Chapter 18 Why We Stay Well: Stress, Allostasis, And Scientific Integrative Medicine
Chapter 19 Cancer Prevention From A Biologist's Perspective
Chapter 20 Colon Cancer: A Common, And Yet Preventable, Cancer
Part IV The Public Health Burden of Infectious Disease
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 21 Soil-Transmitted Helminths: Worms — The Most Common Pathogens of Humankind
Chapter 22 Malaria: The Challenge Of Scaling-Up Multiple Effective Tools
Chapter 23 Tuberculosis: The Deadly Comeback Of An Old Infectious Disease
Chapter 24 Acquired Immune Deficieny Syndrome (AIDS): History And Timeline
Chapter 25 HIV:Biology, Transmission, And Natural History In Humans
Chapter 26 Afterword: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Chapter 27 Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA): A Deadly Superbug
Chapter 28 Meningococcal Meningitis: It Strikes Without Warning!
Chapter 29 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection And Immunization
Chapter 30 Helicobacter Infection And Peptic Ulcer
Chapter 31 Avian And Seasonal Influenza
Chapter 32 Bioterrorism: Medical And Public Health Implications
Part V The Public Health Burden of Chronic Disease
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 33 Hypertension And The Kidney
Chapter 34 Epidemiology Of Atherosclerosis
Chapter 35 Stroke: A Guide For Prevention For Patients And Families
Chapter 36 Diabetes: A Public Health Pandemic
Chapter 37 Chronic Kidney Disease: The New Epidemic
Chapter 38 Achieving Asthma Control
Chapter 39 Arthritis: The Nations Most Common Cause Of Disability
Chapter 40 Osteoporosis:A Significant Cause Of Disability And Mortality
Chapter 41 Alzheimer's Disease: A Slow Death
Chapter 42 Perinatal Depression: A Worldwide Problem In Women's Health
Chapter 43 The Science Of Sleep
Part VI Skills and Tools of Public Health
Chapter Introduction
Chapter 44 Information-Seeking Strategies In Public Health
Chapter 45 Communicating Public Health Information

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Essentials of Public Health Biology: A Guide for the Study of Pathophysiology 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does not seem to provide enough information on each of the topics. This book is being used for a 200 level college course and assumes that everyone has extensive knowledge on each of the books topics. I would not recommend this book to another student and would definitely not recommend it for use in another college level course.