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.
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 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 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.
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.