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Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice, 4th Edition

  • Paul C. Erwin, MD, DPH
  • Ross C. Brownson
  • ISBN-10: 1285182634
  • ISBN-13: 9781285182636
  • 736 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2003, 1997
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

The most widely-used book in the field, PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE, Fourth Edition, is an essential tool for all those in public health practice, now and in the future. Written by nationally recognized experts and edited by seasoned professionals in academia and public health practice, this book provides a critical foundation in public health operations and systems. Chapters cover the full breadth of public health topics, beginning with definitions and the history of the discipline, and then progressing through service provisioning and laws. Emphasizing evidence-based practice and the science of effective public health practice, the fourth edition also adds several new chapters on emerging topics, such as tribal public health and global health. Learning features include review questions and appendices that make PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTICE an indispensable, long-term reference for students and professionals alike.


  • Unmatched Expertise. Long recognized for depth of coverage and expertise, Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice, 4th Edition addresses the essentials in Public Health operations, including infectious disease control, environmental health, prevention effectiveness, global health, and much more.

  • Essential Topics: Discussions center on the key services in public health to illustrate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for a broad practice of the discipline.

  • Study Help: A variety of end-of-chapter review questions test student knowledge and offer added practice with chapter material.

  • Helpful Appendices: A handy list of public health professional associations and an updated overview of public health practice competencies provide students a handy reference for use in their studies and beyond.

About the Author

Paul C. Erwin, MD, DPH

Dr. Paul C. Erwin, is Professor and Head of the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to his academic appointment, Dr. Erwin served with the Tennessee Department of Health for sixteen years, twelve of those as regional director for county health departments throughout Appalachia. Board certified in internal medicine, and public health and preventive medicine, his research centers on applied public health systems and services, with a particular interest in Academic Health Departments.

Ross C. Brownson

Ross C. Brownson, PhD is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at both the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In addition to this joint appointment, he is Co-Director of the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Brownson served with the Missouri Department of Health for eight years. A prolific author, he has written and edited several books including Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control; Applied Epidemiology: Theory to Practice; and Evidence-Based Public Health.

Table of Contents

1. Concepts, Definitions, and Book Overview.
2. The History and Emergence of a New Public Health.
3. Social Determinants of Health: Their Influence on Personal Choice, Environmental Exposures, and Health Care.
4. Legal Basis of Public Health.
5. Public Health Ethics.
6. The Policy Basis of Public Health.
7. The Federal Contribution to Public Health.
8. The State Public Health Agencies.
9. The Local Health Department.
10. Public Health in US-Affiliated Tribes, Territories, and Freely Associated States.
11. Evidence-Based Public Health.
12. Quantitative Sciences: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and the use of Public Health data.
13. Community Health Assessments, Planning, and Implementation.
14. Behavior Change Theories and Practices.
15. Evaluation.
16. Performance Management and Quality Improvement.
17. Public Health Systems and Services Research.
18. The Public Health Workforce.
19. Maternal and Child Health.
20. Communicable and Infectious Diseases.
21. Environmental Public Health.
22. Chronic Disease Prevention and Control.
23. Oral Health in Public Health Practice.
24. Primary Care and Public Health.
25. Community Development for Population Health and Health Equity.
26. Public Health Preparedness.
27. Injury Prevention and Control.
28. Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse.
29. The Public Health Laboratory.
30. The Affordable Care Act and Public Health.
31. Public Health Practice in the Global Context.
32. The Future of Public Health Practice.
Appendix A: Public Health Associations.
Appendix B: Core Competencies for Public Health Practices.

New to this edition

  • Tribal Coverage: Two new chapters hone in on the latest developments in the specialized areas of tribal and territorial public health practice.
  • New Chapters: Added chapters cover important current topics in public health, such as evidence-based public health, evaluation, public health services and systems research, community development, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Content Updates: Revitalized content throughout the text includes discussions on public health law, federal and state public health departments, the quantitative sciences (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics), community health planning, performance management, workforce, leadership, infectious and communicable diseases, environmental health, primary care, oral health, public health laboratories, and global health.
  • Updated References: Now even more focused and current, the fourth edition includes critical updates to chapter references, delivering the most timely, accurate information in public health operations available.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

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