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Public Health: What it is and How it Works, Sixth Edition

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    Sixth Edition
    ISBN: 9781284069419

Bernard J. Turnock

Using a straightforward systems approach, Public Health: What It Is and How It Works explores the inner workings of the complex, modern U.S. public health system—what it is, what it does, how it works, and why it is important.

The book covers the origins and development of the modern public health system; the relationship of public health to the overall health system; how the system is organised at the federal, state and local levels; its core functions and how well these are currently being addressed; evidence-based practice and an approach to programme planning and evaluation for public health interventions; public health activities such as epidemiological investigation, biomedical research, environmental assessment, policy development and more.

The Sixth Edition is a thorough update that covers new topics including: the Affordable Care Act, strategic planning, accreditation of public health organisations and credentialing of public health workers.

New to this Edition:
  • Extensive new information on state and local public health practice derived from national surveys conducted since 2012
  • Expanded coverage of Community public health practice and emergency preparedness topics
  • New conceptual frameworks for the public health system, overall health system, and public health workforce have been added.
  • New chapter on public health workforce topics including infrastructure topics as viewed from a management perspective.
  • A new series of case studies now offered in Part II of the book
  • More than 60 new or revised charts and tables
  • A new series of “outside-the-book thinking” exercises in each chapter
Table of Contents:
New to This Edition  
Table of Contents  
About the Author  
    Chapter 1  What Is Public Health?
    Chapter 2  Measuring Population Health
    Chapter 3  Public Health And The Health System
    Chapter 4  Law, Government, and Public Health
    Chapter 5  21st-Century Community Public Health Practice
    Chapter 6  Public Health Workforce 
    Chapter 7  Managing Public Health Infrastructure
    Chapter 8  Managing Public Health Interventions 
    Chapter 9  Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
    Chapter 10  Public Health Practice: Future Challenges
    Case  1  History of Public Health in Chicago
    Case  2  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Case  3  Mandatory Premarital Screening for Antibody to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
    Case  4  Massive Outbreak of Antimicrobial-Resistant Salmonellosis Traced to Contaminated Milk
    Case  5  Ragsdale US Supreme Court Case
    Case  6  Outcome Oriented Perinatal Surveillance
    Case  7  University of Illinois Hospital
    Case  8  Gulf Oil Spill Aftermath
    Case  9  Bioterrorist Attack on Food: A Tabletop Exercise
    Case  10  Early 21st Century Public Health Achievements
    Case  11  Developing a Program Intervention

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