Clearly - and often humorously - written, PDQ Public Health defines public health and covers the basic concepts of public health policy, including its history, local to international structure, and role in protecting human health.
Concise, yet comprehensive, PDQ Public Health educates the reader in the history and evolution of the concepts and practices of public health on local, national, and international scales. Key concepts, such as communicable diseases, vectors, hosts, and environments, are defined; and how they and other factors interact to influence public health issues is described. The statistical tools that are used to determine risk and describe the interactions contributing to community health are presented. The authors also address the impact of population mobility, economic factors, government (law), and ethics, on the practice of public health. This is all done in an engaging style that aids the reader's comprehension of this complex subject.
Chapter 1: What Is Public Health? *A Brief History of Public Health*Dogma and Disease - The Sociology of Public Health*Bad Smells, Bodies, and Boards of Health: Controlling Disease Becomes a Legislative Process*We Can See You Now - Germs Identified as the Enemy*Better Sanitation Through Cleaning the Gene Pool - Eugenics and SocialEngineering*Why Modern Schools of Public Health Owe Their Origin to an Alpine Railway*Tunnel - The Medical Science of Social and Economic Development*It's Easier to Prevent It Than Treat It - Mid 20th Century Public Health Public Health and Emergencies*Taking Care of It Yourself - The Ascent of Health Promotion*Meetings and Definitions - Making Sure Everyone Is on the Same PageChapter 2: Classical Key Concepts*Some Basic Terminology*Person, Place, and Time -- The Determinants of Health*SummaryChapter 3: Surveillance*The Uses of Surveillance*Methods of Surveillance*Sources of Data*Spectrum of Outcomes*Attributes of Surveillance Systems*SummaryChapter 4: Outcomes*Counting the Bodies*Measures of Mortality*Measures of Impact*DALYs, QALYs, and Other Outcomes That Don't End in "LY"*SummaryChapter 5: Risk*On the Varieties of Risk*Risk Assessment*Risk Perception*Communicating Risk*Risk Tolerance*SummaryChapter 6: Mitigation and Prevention*Changing the Outcomes*Making a Difference -- Modern Public Health Interventions*The Origin of Public HealthChapter 7: Globalization of Public Health and the Influence of Population Mobility*Globalization and Public Health over the Ages*SummaryChapter 8: The Future*Changing Management of Threats, Risks, and the Perception of Risk in Public Health*Inter-connectivity and Globalization of Public Health*Integration of Health and Public Health Capacities - Coordination and Collaboration*Population Mobility and International Diversity and Disparity*Moving from Stakeholders to Stewardship: Integration of Health, Public Health with Other Non-Health Sectors*Summary