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Introduction to Public Health, Fifth Edition

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    ISBN: 9781284089233

Mary-Jane Schneider

" of the most interestingly organized books about public health I have ever seen. The chapter structure is more inquisitive or intellectual and less about rote memorization.... a welcome surprise in a large field of materials."

—Patricia Wren, Oakland University

Introduction to Public Health, Fifth Edition includes complimentary Navigate 2 Advantage Access.

Introduction to Public Health, Fifth Edition offers a thorough, accessible overview of the expanding field of public health for students new to its concepts and actors. Written in engaging, nontechnical language, this best-selling text explains in clear terms the multi-disciplinary strategies and methods used for measuring, assessing, and promoting public health.

Packed with illustrative real-world examples, this updated edition provides students with informative discussions of the current technical issues and practical obstacles facing public health practitioners and policymakers alike.

Through coverage of new approaches to research and data collection, current best practices in the field, and the social and ethical challenges of devising public policy, Introduction to Public Health, Fifth Edition provides readers with a broad-reaching, practical framework for understanding the multifaceted forces and organizations of today’s public health enterprise.

Table of Contents:
  Part  I  What Is Public Health?
    Chapter  1  Public Health: Science, Politics, and Prevention
    Chapter  2  Why Is Public Health Controversial?
    Chapter  3  Powers and Responsibilities of Government
  Part  II  Analytical Methods of Public Health
    Chapter  4  Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
    Chapter  5  Epidemiologic Principles and Methods
    Chapter  6  Problems and Limits of Epidemiology
    Chapter  7  Statistics: Making Sense of Uncertainty
    Chapter  8  The Role of Data in Public Health
  Part  III  Biomedical Basis of Public Health
    Chapter  9  The “Conquest” of Infectious Diseases
    Chapter  10  The Resurgence of Infectious Diseases
    Chapter  11  The Biomedical Basis of Chronic Diseases
    Chapter  12  Genetic Diseases and Other Inborn Errors
  Part  IV  Social and Behavioral Factors in Health
    Chapter  13  Do People Choose Their Own Health?
    Chapter  14  How Psychosocial Factors Affect Health Behavior
    Chapter  15  Public Health Enemy Number One: Tobacco
    Chapter  16  Public Health Enemy Number Two and Growing: Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity
    Chapter  17  Injuries Are Not Accidents
    Chapter  18  Maternal and Child Health as a Social Problem
    Chapter  19  Mental Health: Public Health Includes Healthy Minds
  Part  V  Environmental Issues in Public Health
    Chapter  20  A Clean Environment: The Basis of Public Health
    Chapter  21  Clean Air: Is It Safe to Breathe?
    Chapter  22  Clean Water: A Limited Resource
    Chapter  23  Solid and Hazardous Wastes: What to Do with the Garbage?
    Chapter  24  Safe Food and Drugs: An Ongoing Regulatory Battle
    Chapter  25  Population: The Ultimate Environmental Health Issue
  Part  VI  Medical Care and Public Health
    Chapter  26  Is the Medical Care System a Public Health Issue?
    Chapter  27  Why the U.S. Medical System Needs Reform
    Chapter  28  Health Services Research: Finding What Works
    Chapter  29  Public Health and the Aging Population
  Part  VII  The Future of Public Health
    Chapter  30  Emergency Preparedness, Post-9/11
    Chapter  31  Public Health in the Twenty-First Century: Achievements and Challenges

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