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Introduction to Public Health, 6th Edition

  • Mary-Jane Schneider
  • ISBN-10: 128419759X
  • ISBN-13: 9781284197594
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

Offering a thorough, accessible and lively overview of public heath for students new to the field, Introduction to Public Health offers a broad-reaching, practical framework for understanding the forces and organizations of public health today. Through engaging, nontechnical language, illustrative real world examples, and the current political, economic, and cultural news of the day, students gain a clear understanding of the scope of today's public health problems and possible solutions.


  • Coverage of pressing issues in public health, including: the opioid crisis; e-cigarettes and vaping; West Nile, Zika and other emerging viruses; impact of recent marajuana laws and drugged driving; the resurgence of measles and anti-vaccination sentiment; the Flint water crisis; and much more.

  • Updated statistics and information in every chapter to illustrate the current state of public health.

  • The latest on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the current state of health insurance in the United States.

  • Coverage throughout illustrating the influence of politics on public health policy today.

Table of Contents

Part I: What Is Public Health?
Chapter 1: Public Health: Science, Politics, and Prevention
Chapter 2: Why Is Public Health Controversial?
Chapter 3: Powers and Responsibilities of Government

Part II: Analytical Methods of Public Health
Chapter 4: Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
Chapter 5: Epidemiologic Principles and Methods
Chapter 6: Problems and Limits of Epidemiology
Chapter 7: Statistics: Making Sense of Uncertainty
Chapter 8: The Role of Data in Public Health

Part III: Biomedical Basis of Public Health
Chapter 9: The "Conquest" of Infectious Diseases
Chapter 10: The Resurgence of Infectious Diseases
Chapter 11: The Biomedical Basis of Chronic Diseases
Chapter 12: Genetic Diseases and Other Inborn Errors

Part IV: Social and Behavioral Factors in Health
Chapter 13: Do People Choose Their Own Health?
Chapter 14: How Psychosocial Factors Affect Health Behavior
Chapter 15: Public Health Enemy Number One: Tobacco
Chapter 16: Public Health Enemy Number Two and Growing: Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity
Chapter 17: Injuries Are Not Accidents
Chapter 18: Maternal and Child Health as a Social Problem
Chapter 19: Mental Health: Public Health Includes Healthy Minds

Part V: Environmental Issues in Public Health
Chapter 20: A Clean Environment: The Basis of Public Health
Chapter 21: Clean Air: Is It Safe to Breathe?
Chapter 22: Clean Water: A Limited Resource
Chapter 23: Solid and Hazardous Wastes: What to Do with the Garbage?
Chapter 24: Safe Food and Drugs: An Ongoing Regulatory Battle
Chapter 25: Population: The Ultimate Environmental Health Issue

Part VI: Medical Care and Public Health
Chapter 26: Is the Medical Care System a Public Health Issue?
Chapter 27: Why the U.S. Medical System Needs Reform
Chapter 28: Health Services Research: Finding What Works
Chapter 29: Public Health and the Aging Population

Part VIII: The Future of Public Health
Chapter 30: Emergency Preparedness, Post-9/11
Chapter 31: Public Health in the Twenty-First Century: Achievements and Challenges