Public Health Foundations: Concepts and Practices
October 2010, ©2010, Jossey-Bass
Responding to the growing interest in public health, Public Health Foundations is an accessible and comprehensive text that offers a reader-friendly introduction to core concepts and current practices. The authors use an engaging approach to topics such as epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology, biostatistics, infectious disease, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, health services and policy, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and health disparities. Ready for the classroom, each chapter includes learning objectives, an overview, detailed explanations, case studies, a summary, key terms, and review questions. Sidebars connect students to topics of current interest in the field of public health, including ethics, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, environmental hazards, climate change, social justice, and issues of insurance and access to health care.
Reflecting and expanding on recommendations of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Public Health Foundations provides a solid framework for understanding the basics of public health and is the ideal text for a wide range of courses in public health.
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Figures and Tables ix
The Editors and Contributors xix
Part 1: History, Development, and Organization
Chapter 1: History and Development of Public Health 3
Chapter 2: Modern Public Health Systems 25
Part 2: Analytic Tools and Methods
Chapter 3: Data for Public Health 51
Chapter 4: Epidemiology: Introduction and Basic Concepts 73
Chapter 5: Study Design 95
Chapter 6: Biostatistics 139
Chapter 7: Pharmacoepidemiology 161
Chapter 8: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 177
Chapter 9: Environmental Public Health 197
Chapter 10: Risk and Exposure Assessment 231
Part 3: Behavior and Health
Chapter 11: Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 267
Chapter 12: Qualitative Data and Research Methods in Public Health 299
Chapter 13: Tuberculosis 321
Part 4: Health Services and Social Determinants
Chapter 14: Health Policy and the U.S. Health Care System 349
Chapter 15: Health Services Research 367
Chapter 16: Health Disparities 387
Part 5: Forecasting Public Health
Chapter 17: Future of Public Health 417
Elena Andresen, PhD, is professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida's College of Public Heath and Health Professions.
Erin DeFries Bouldin, MPH, is lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions.