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Introduction to Public Health

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Introduction to Public Health

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Author/Editor(s): Raymond L. Goldsteen DrPH, Karen Goldsteen PhD MPH, David Graham MD MPH FACPM
Publication Date: December 15, 2010
ISBN-10: 0826141528
ISBN-13: 978-0826141521
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Size: 3.92 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Affordably priced and designed to offer an inviting introduction to public health, this introductory textbook provides a comprehensive understanding of the unique history, economics, orientation, function, activities, and mission of public health. This concise reference describes the successes and failures of the public health care system, giving students a clear picture of the current status of the health care industry.

Introduction to Public Health also identifies new public health initiatives, including evidence-based practices, accreditation and credentialing programs, and more. Also discussed are critical, up-to-the-minute issues, such as health disparities, infectious and chronic disease prevention, and injury prevention. The book also presents real-life public health vignettes in every chapter to help conceptualize the complex set of factors that affect health.

Key topics discussed:
  • The origins of the modern day public health system
  • Health promotion
  • Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention
  • The determinants of health
  • Federal, state, and local public health systems
  • The financing of public health
  • Infectious disease prevention
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Public health system performance and measurement
  • Healthy People 2010 and other key public health initiatives

This landmark resource comes with instructor's materials to use in class lectures.

About the Author

Raymond Goldsteen, DrPH, is the founding Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health and Professor of Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook. He received his doctoral degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health. Dr. Goldsteen has an extensive background in health care and was formerly a director of the health policy research centers at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, and the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He is co-author of the highly acclaimed An Introduction to the US Healthcare System.

Karen Goldsteen, PhD, is a Professor of Health Technology and Management in the Graduate Program in Public Health at the SUNY in Stony Brook, NY. She received an MPH from the School of Public Health at Columbia University and a PhD in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Goldsteen was a co-editor of the bestselling Introduction to the US Healthcare System, 6th Edition.

David Graham, MD, MPH, is the former Director of Public Health of Suffolk County and Chief Deputy Health Commissioner of Suffolk Country. As the Director of Public Health, he managed Epidemiology and Disease Control, Public Health Protection, Bioterrorism Preparedness, Preventive Services, and the Arthropod-borne Disease Laboratory. As Chief Deputy Health Commissioner, he managed several major divisions, including Public Health, Patient Care, Community Mental Hygiene, Services for Children with Special Needs, Environmental Quality, Emergency Medical Services, and Forensic Sciences. His career in public health spans nearly 30 years.


More than just another preliminary textbook, this comprehensive introduction for those who are new to the field of public health weaves together its values, goals and practices of into a lucid introductory text.

--Sally Guttmacher, PhD. Professor, Director, Masters in Community Public Health Program, New York University
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