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Transdisciplinary Public Health: Research, Education, and Practice

ISBN: 978-0-470-62199-8
432 pages
May 2013, Jossey-Bass
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"This book makes a great leap in the conceptualization of transdisciplinary approaches, as well as provides concrete examples in practice, teaching, policy, and research."

—From the Foreword by Edward F. Lawlor, dean and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor, the Brown School; and founding director, Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis

The complexity of public health and social problems is becoming more challenging. Understanding and designing solutions for these problems requires perspectives from multiple disciplines and fields as well as cross-disciplinary research and practice teams. Transdisciplinary Public Health fills a void in the literature and offers a comprehensive text that introduces transdisciplinary methods as a means for providing an innovative tool set for problem-solving in public health research and practice.

With contributions from leading experts, Transdisciplinary Public Health offers an understanding of interactions among the biological, behavioral, social, and public health sciences; shared disciplinary frameworks in analyzing health problems; and the integration and evaluation of transdisciplinary solutions to alleviate complex public health issues. Use of this important resource will promote transdisciplinary research and practice, resulting in novel solutions that positively impact human health.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables  ix

Foreword xi
Edward F Lawlor

Preface xiii
Debra Haire-Joshu and Timothy D McBride

The Editors xix

The Contributors xxi

Part 1 Defining Transdisciplinary Research and Education 1

1 Transdisciplinary Public Health: Definitions, Core Characteristics, and Strategies for Success 3
Daniel Stokols, Kara L Hall, Amanda L Vogel

2 Transdisciplinary Training and Education 31
Sarah Gehlert, Teri Browne

3 Competencies in Transdisciplinary Public Health Education 53
Lauren D Arnold, J Aaron Hipp, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Elizabeth Budd

4 Measuring Success: An Evaluation Framework for Transdisciplinary Public Health 79
Douglas A Luke, Sarah Moreland-Russell, Stephanie Herbers

Part 2 Cross-Cutting Themes in Transdisciplinary Research 99

5 Transdisciplinary Approaches: Sorting Out the Socioeconomic Determinants of Poverty and Health 101
Timothy D McBride, Lisa M Pollack, Abigail R Barker, Leah M Kemper

6 Transdisciplinary Public Policy: The Roles of Law and Public Health in Creating Public Policy 125
Sidney D Watson

7 Sociocultural Perspectives Applied to Transdisciplinary Public Health 141
Bradley P Stoner

8 Evidence-Based Decision Making: Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Improve the Health of the Public 155
Ross C Brownson

Part 3 Transdisciplinary Practice: Case Studies in Domestic Health 187

9 Transdisciplinary Methods in the Prevention and Control of Maternal-Child Obesity 189
Debra Haire-Joshu

10 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence and Injury Prevention and Treatment among Children and Youth 217
Melissa Jonson-Reid, Nancy Weaver, Brett Drake, John Constantino

11 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Integrating Public Health and Social Service Systems to Address
Health Disparities 249
Matthew W Kreuter, Debbie Pfeiffer

Part 4 Transdisciplinary Practice: Case Studies in Global Health 265

12 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Global Hunger and Undernutrition 267
Lora Iannotti

13 Implementing Public Health Interventions in Developing Countries: A Transdisciplinary Solution for Safe Drinking Water in Rural India 297
Ramesh Raghavan, Ravikumar Chockalingam, Zeena Johar

14 Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health: A Transdisciplinary Vision 319
Gautam Yadama, Kenneth B Schechtman, Pratim Biswas, Mario Castro, Nishesh Chalise

Name Index 341

Subject Index 363

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Author Information

Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, is the Joyce Wood Professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Timothy D. McBride, PhD, is a professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

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