"More than just another preliminary textbook, this comprehensive
introduction for those who are new to the field of public health
weaves together its values, goals and practices of into a lucid
Sally Guttmacher, PhD
Professor, Director, Masters in Community Public Health
New York University
Affordably priced and designed to offer an inviting introduction
to public health, this introductory textbook provides a
comprehensive understanding of the unique history, economics,
orientation, function, activities, and mission of public health.
This concise reference describes the successes and failures of the
public health care system, giving students a clear picture of the
current status of the health care industry.
"Introduction to Public Health" also identifies new public
health initiatives, including evidence-based practices,
accreditation and credentialing programs, and more. Also discussed
are critical, up-to-the-minute issues, such as health disparities,
infectious and chronic disease prevention, and injury prevention.
The book also presents real-life public health vignettes in every
chapter to help conceptualize the complex set of factors that
affect health. Key topics discussed:
The origins of the modern day public health system Health
promotion Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention The
determinants of health Federal, state, and local public health
systems The financing of public health Infectious disease
prevention Chronic disease prevention Public health system
performance and measurement Healthy People 2010 and other key
public health initiatives
This landmark resource comes with instructor's materials to use
in class lectures. "
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