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Public Health Foundations: Concepts and Practices

ISBN: 978-0-470-44587-7
544 pages
October 2010, ©2010, Jossey-Bass
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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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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables ix

Preface xv

The Editors and Contributors xix

Introduction xxiii

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

Glossary 449

Index 507

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Author Information

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.

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