Contemporary Public Health
Principles, Practice, and Policy
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Sales Date: 07/27/2021
"Public health" refers to the management and prevention of disease within a population by promoting healthy behaviors and environments in an effort to create a higher standard of living. In this comprehensive volume, editors James W. Holsinger Jr. and F. Douglas Scutchfield and an esteemed group of scholars and practitioners offer a concise overview of this burgeoning field, emphasizing that the need for effective services has never been greater.
Designed as a supplemental text for introductory courses in public health practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Contemporary Public Health provides historical background that contextualizes the current state of the field and explores the major issues practitioners face today. It addresses essential topics such as the social and ecological determinants of health and their impact on practice, marginalized populations, the role of community-oriented primary care, accreditation, and the organizational landscape of the American public health system. Finally, it examines the opioid epidemic, the impact of pandemics including COVID-19, and international public health and explores the potential of systems based on multilevel partnerships of government, academic, and nonprofit organizations. With fresh historical and methodological analyses conducted by an impressive group of distinguished authors, Contemporary Public Health is an essential resource for practitioners, health advocates, students, legislators, and informed citizens.
1. History and Context of American Public Health
2. The Social and Ecological Determinants of Health
3. Health Inequity in the United States
4. Public Health Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic
5. Public Health Workforce and Education in the United States
6. The Role of Community-Oriented Primary Care in Improving Health Care
7. Who Is the Public in Public Health?
8. National Accreditation of Public Health Departments
9. Partnerships in Public Health: Working Together for a Mutual Benefit
10. The Organizational Landscape of the American Public Health System
11. International Lessons for the United States on Population Health, Health Care, and Health Policy
12. Pandemics and Public Health Policy
13. The Evolution and Future of Public Health
List of Contributors
As services for public health in the US face budget cuts and the field looks forward to opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act, this edited collection of essays provides welcome historical and disciplinary perspectives on these and other contemporary public health issues.~Choice
A comprehensive, integrated overview of public health in the early twenty-first century, something that few if any other works provide for students. Well-written and clear, with an excellent choice of topics.~Max Michael, M.D., dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health