Oxford Textbook of Public Health

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Roger Detels, Robert Beaglehole, Mary Ann Lansang
Oxford University Press, 2009 - Medical - 2044 pages
This fifth edition of the ever-popular Oxford Textbook of Public Health has been thoroughly updated, and remains the ultimate resource on the subject of public health and epidemiology. Two new editors, Mary Ann Lansang and Martin Gulliford, join the established editor team of Roger Detels andRobert Beaglehole, representing a truly global outlook from four continents. The contributors are drawn from across the world, offering perspectives from vastly different health systems, with ranging public health needs and priorities. With contributors including Dr Margaret Chan, Director of theWorld Health Organization, this book offers a globally comprehensive picture of modern health.The book retains its approach of dividing the complex, dynamic subject of public health into three topics. First, the scope of public health is covered, looking at the development of the discipline, determinants of health and disease, public health policies, and law and ethics. The second volumefocuses on the methods of public health, including the main science behind the discipline - epidemiology. Environmental factors, information systems, and social science techniques are also considered. Finally, the third volume puts the theory into practice, examining specific public health problemsand options for prevention and control. As well as identifying these issues by system or disease, there is also an awareness of the unique needs of particular population groups. The book concludes with an analysis of the functions of public health, and a look at the future of public health in the21st century.The picture of world health has moved on dramatically since the publication of the fourth edition in 2002. This new edition includes substantial new material on the impact of private support of public health; globalization; water and sanitation; leadership; community-intervention trials; disease andinfection; gene environment interactions; obesity and physical inactivity; urbanization; minorities and indigenous populations; health needs assessment; clinical epidemiology; and the practice of public health. This ensures that the Oxford Textbook of Public Health remains the most comprehensive,accessible text for both students and practitioners in public health and epidemiology.

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Roger Detels M.D., M.S., Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases, received his training at Harvard College, New York University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Washington. In 1971, he moved to the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, his current affiliation. During his tenure at UCLA, he has served as Chair of Epidemiology and as Dean of the School of Public Health. Professor Detels was one of the three editors for the first and second editions of the Oxford Textbook of Public Health and senior editor for the third, fourth and forthcoming fifth editions of the Textbook, which he expanded to include public health issues in developing countries. He has published more than 350 research papers on various aspects of public health. Professor Detels continues to be very active in HIV/AIDS and public health research in both the United States and Asia. Robert Beaglehole was Professor of Community Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand before taking up a position as a public health adviser in the Department of Health Service Provision at WHO, Geneva, on a project directed towards strengthening the public health workforce in developing countries. Between 2004 and 2007 he was the director of the Department of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, responsible for WHO's technical work in these areas. He developed an integrated and stepwise approach to the prevention and control of chronic diseases and led the development of the Bangkok Charter on Health Promotion in a Globalized World. He is now co-director of International Public Health Consultants, based in Auckland, New Zealand. Mary Ann Lansang is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine - Philippine General Hospital, where she has been based since 1984. Dr Lansang's work spans many aspects of disease control and public health, most notably on malaria control, vaccine-preventable diseases, tuberculosis, and other tropical and infectious diseases, including health policy and systems development. For the past 15 years, she has served and continues to serve on the boards and advisory groups of various local and international health bodies on a broad range of public health issues. She served as Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN Trust) in 2000 - 2004. Martin Gulliford is Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Health Sciences at King's College London. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Cambridge and University College Hospital, London, and trained in public health at Guy's and St Thomas' Medical Schools London. For several years, he was based in Trinidad, organizing a programme of health services research and training. His research is in epidemiology as applied to health services and public health.

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