Global Public Health: Ecological Foundations

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Oxford University Press, Mar 14, 2013 - Medical - 355 pages
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Amid ongoing shifts world economic and political systems, the promise for future public health is more tenuous than ever. Will the today's economic systems sustain tomorrow's health? Will future generations inherit fair access to health and health care? The best hope for the health of future generations is the establishment of a well-grounded, global public health system for today. To that end, Global Public Health: Ecological Foundations addresses both the challenges and cooperative solutions of contemporary public health, all within a framework of social justice, environmental sustainability, and global cooperation. With an emphasis upon ecological foundations, this text approaches public health principles-history, foundations, topics, and applications-with a community-first perspective. By achieving global reach through cooperative, local interventions, this text illustrates that through the practice of public health we can also maintain the health of our world. Blending established wisdom with new perspectives, Global Public Health will stimulate better understanding of how the different streams of public health can work more synergistically to promote global health equity. It is a foundation on which future public health measures can be built and succeed.
  

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Contents

1 History Aims and Methods of Public Health
1
2 Ecology and Public HealthThe Science Base
26
3 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Public Health
54
4 Community Foundations of Public Health
73
5 Assessing Population Health
106
6 Integrated Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control
144
7 Air Water and Food
205
8 Public Health Organization and Function in Evolving Health Systems
234
9 Global Ecology and Emerging Health Challenges
275
EPILOGUE
299
REFERENCES
303
INDEX
337
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Franklin White, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC, FFPH, is President of Pacific Health & Development Sciences, Inc., in Victoria, British Columbia, and Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria and Dalhousie University.

Lorann Stallones, PhD, MPH, is Professor of Psychology and Director, Graduate Degree Program in Public Health at Colorado State University, Colorado School of Public Health.

John M. Last, MD, DPH, FRACP, FRCPC, FFPH, FACPM is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa; he is the author of Public Health and Human Ecology and A Dictionary of Public Health, and former editor in chief of Public Health and Preventive Medicine ("Maxcy-Rosenau-Last"), and A Dictionary of Epidemiology .

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