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Essential Public Health
Theory and Practice

2nd Edition

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Stephen Gillam, Jan Yates, Padmanabhan Badrinath, Nicholas Steel, Kirsteen L. Macleod, Rachel Crowther, Sarah Stewart-Brown, Veena Rodrigues, Lincoln Sargeant, Carol Brayne, Chrissie Pickin, Jennie Popay, Richard Lewis, Jenny Amery, David Pencheon
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  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107601765

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  • How can society most effectively prevent disease and promote health? That is the challenge addressed by this textbook. Public health is the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. The 'science' is concerned with making a diagnosis of a population's health problems, establishing their cause and determining effective interventions. The 'art' lies in creatively addressing these problems. Essential Public Health captures both the art and science of the field. This second edition has been fully updated with contemporary examples and includes new chapters on sustainability and change, management and leadership. Examples are taken from health systems throughout the world, giving readers a wider perspective of the challenges faced. This is essential reading for all trainees in health care, social care and related disciplines. An internet companion includes supplementary information and interactive, self-assessment questions to test understanding and aid learning.

    • Theory is underpinned with practical examples to show what public health specialists aim to achieve in practice
    • An internet companion featuring self-assessment questions allows readers to test their understanding of key topics
    • Written for a multidisciplinary audience
    • The first edition was Highly Commended in the Public Health category of the British Medical Association Book Awards 2008
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    • Highly Commended, Public Health Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2013

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107601765
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 46 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stephen Gillam
    Part I. The Public Health Toolkit:
    1. Management, leadership and change Stephen Gillam and Jan Yates
    2. Demography Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam
    3. Epidemiology Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam
    4. The health status of the population Padmanabhan Badrinath and Jan Yates
    5. Evidence-based health care Padmanabhan Badrinath and Stephen Gillam
    6. Health needs assessment Stephen Gillam, Jan Yates and Padmanabhan Badrinath
    7. Decision making in the health care sector – the role of public health Jan Yates and Stephen Gillam
    8. Improving population health Stephen Gillam and Jan Yates
    9. Screening Jan Yates and Stephen Gillam
    10. Health protection and communicable disease control Jan Yates and Padmanabhan Badrinath
    11. Improving quality of care Nicholas Steel and Stephen Gillam
    Part II. Contexts for Public Health Practice: Introduction
    12. The health of children and young people Kirsteen L. Macleod, Rachel Crowther and Sarah Stewart-Brown
    13. Adult public heath Veena Rodrigues
    14. Public health and ageing Lincoln Sargeant and Carol Brayne
    15. Health inequalities and public health practice Chrissie Pickin and Jennie Popay
    16. Health policy Richard Lewis and Stephen Gillam
    17. International development and public health Jenny Amery
    18. Sustainable development – the opportunities and the challenges for the public's health David Pencheon
    Index.

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    Stephen Gillam, University of Cambridge
    Stephen Gillam is Director of Public Health Teaching at the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge and a GP in Luton. He is a visiting professor at the University of Bedfordshire.

    Jan Yates, East of England Strategic Health Authority
    Jan Yates is a Public Health Consultant in the East of England Strategic Health Authority and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health registered with the UK Public Health Register. She is also a qualified teacher.

    Padmanabhan Badrinath, University of Cambridge
    Padmanabhan Badrinath is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine for the NHS in Suffolk and Affiliated Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

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    Stephen Gillam, Jan Yates, Padmanabhan Badrinath, Nicholas Steel, Kirsteen L. Macleod, Rachel Crowther, Sarah Stewart-Brown, Veena Rodrigues, Lincoln Sargeant, Carol Brayne, Chrissie Pickin, Jennie Popay, Richard Lewis, Jenny Amery, David Pencheon

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    • Highly Commended, Public Health Category, British Medical Association Book Awards 2013

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