Key Concepts in Public Health


Edited by: Frances Wilson & Mzwandile Mabhala

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  • Part I: Theoretical Concepts

    Part II: Practical Concepts

    Part III: Populations and Public Health Practice

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    The SAGE Key Concepts series provides students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension.


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    Editors and Contributors


    Mzwandile (Andi) Mabhala FRIPH, M.Sc.(PH), B.Sc. (Hons) PG Cert. Ed. is Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester and Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health.

    Frances Wilson M.Sc., B.Sc., PG Dip Ed., RGN, RM, SCPHN is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, M.Sc. Health Improvement and Wellbeing and Pathway Leader, Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting), Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.


    Hamed A. Adetunji B.Sc., Dip. (Epid)., M.Sc. (Epid)., MPH, Ph.D., PGCHE, FRIPH is Course Leader, M.Sc. Public Health, Oxford Brookes University.

    Fiona Adshead B.Sc., MB BS, FRCP, M.Sc., FFPH is Deputy Chief Medical Officer in the Department of Health for England and the Chief Government Adviser on Health Inequalities.

    Edward Andersson MA, MSc. is Project Manager at Involve, London.

    Moyra Baldwin B.Sc. (Hons), M.MedSci. (Clinical Nursing), RN (Adult), RCNT, RT, Dip. N. (London), Cert. Ed, Dip. Adv. Nursing Studies, JBCNS 100, ENB 931 is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the Post Graduate Certificate in Health and Social Care Commissioning, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Tina Barrows RGN. Dip. RHV. B.Sc. (Hons) Community Health. Adult Cert. Ed. is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting), Warrington (NHS) Community Services Unit.

    Sara Bell RNLD, BA (Hons), Specialist Practitioner is Senior Lecturer in Learning Disability Nursing and Programme Leader, Specialist Practitioner Qualification in Community Learning Disability Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Clive Blair-Stevens B.Sc., CQSW, ASW is co-founder of the National Social Marketing Centre based in London, and its Director of Strategy and Operations.

    Ann Bryan M.Sc., Cert. Ed., ADM, RGN, RM, HV, RMT is Head of Community and Child Health, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Pat Clarke B.Sc. (Hons) Health Studies, RGN, RM, RHV is health visitor and professional development nurse, Wirral PCT.

    Nicola Close MA (Oxon), MA (Bham), FRIPH, FRSS, MIHM is Chief Executive, Association of Directors of Public Health, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health and of the Royal Statistical Society and Member of the Institute of Healthcare Management.

    Irene Cooke RGN, RM, MPH, DN, B.Sc. (Hons), PGCHE, CPNP is Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Community Nursing, Programme Lead for the B.Sc./PG Dip./M.Sc. Specialist Practitioner in Community Nursing Programmes, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    David Coyle RN, M.Ed Cert. Ed. is Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Diane Crone B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. is Reader in Exercise Science, Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucestershire and is a BASES accredited exercise scientist (support and research).

    Pat Deeny RN, B.Sc. (Hons) Nursing, Adv. Dip. Ed., RNT is Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, University of Ulster.

    Walid El Ansari MBBCH, Dip. (P. Ed.), DTM&H, M.Sc. (PHM), PG Cert. (HE), Ph.D. (Wales), Ph.D. (Oxford Brookes), FRIPH is Professor and Head of Public Health, Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucestershire.

    Basma Ellahi RPHNutr., MIFST, Ph.D, M.Sc., B.Sc., Pg Cert is Head of Department of Biological Sciences, University of Chester.

    Michelle Falconer MPH, BN (Hons), RGN, DN Cert, is Immunisation Co-ordinator for Halton & St Helens PCT.

    Jeff French Ph.D., MBA, M.Sc., Dip. HE, BA, Cert. Ed. is Director of the National Social Marketing Centre and a Fellow at Kings College, London.

    Kim Greening MA, BSc. (Hons), Dip. Mgmt, PGCE, RN, HV Dip. is Deputy Head of Department – Practice Learning, Development and Allied Healthcare, Faculty of Health & Social Care, University of Chester.

    Jan Hardy RGN, RM, SPCHN, B.Sc. Professional Practice (Public Health), PGDE is Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Scott Harrison RN, RHV, B.Sc. (Hons), MA is Public Health Nursing Supervisor at Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver, Canada.

    Elaine Hogard Ph.D. MA, M.Sc., BA (Hons) is Professor of Evaluation Research in the Social and Health Evaluation Unit, Faculty of Education and Children's Services, University of Chester.

    Graham Holroyd M.Sc., BA (Hons), Dip. ASCE (Dist.), MIHEP, Fellow Higher Education Academy is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire, an Associate Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Open University and Chair of the European Men's Health Research Network.

    John Horley RN (Child) Dip. HE (nursing) M.Sc. (APNP) is Lecturer in Community and Child Health, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Mike Horah BA (Hons) is career civil servant in the Department of Health and acting Policy Adviser to the National Social Marketing Centre, National Consumer Council.

    Richard Jarvis MBBS, B.Sc., MPH, PG Dip.Sci. (Environmental Protection) FFPH is Consultant in Health Protection, Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit.

    Peete Lesiamo PG Cert., BA HRM, B.Ed. Education in Development, BA ED is a Public Health Practitioner, Pholokoeo, South Africa.

    Gail Louw Ph.D, BA, MA, M.Sc. is Principal Lecturer and Public Health Programme Leader, Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

    Andy Lovell Ph.D., BA (Hons), Cert. Ed., RNLD is Reader in Learning Disabilities, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester

    Judith Lydon RN, RHV, SN, B.Sc. (Hons), P.G Cert. is Community Matron for Vulnerable Adults, Warrington PCT.

    Jean Mannix M.Ed. Professional Education, B.Sc. (Hons), RGN, SCPHN, HV, Nurse Prescriber is Deputy Head of the Community and Child Health Department and Programme Leader M.Sc./PGD/B.Sc. [Hons] Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Elizabeth Mason-Whitehead Ph.D., BA (Hons), HV, PGDE, ONC, SRN, SCM is Reader in Community Studies, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Alan Massey M.Sc. in Public Health and Health Promotion; B.Sc. (Hons), SCPHN (Occupational Health) is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Jill McCarthy M.Sc., B.Ed. (Hons), RGN, DN, RNT is Senior Lecturer, and Programme Leader, M.Sc. in Professional Practice, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Rowena Merritt D.Phil. is Practitioners Development Programme Manager, National Social Marketing Centre.

    Hayley Mills B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. is Ph.D. candidate, Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucestershire.

    Sue Phillips RGN, RHV, BA (Hons) Nursing Education, M.Sc. Primary Healthcare is Senior Lecturer and AP(E)L/Work Based Learning Co-ordinator, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Nicholas Fulton Phin MB, CLB, LLM, FFPHM is Consultant Epidemiologist, Respiratory Virus Infection (influenza and SARS), Health Protection Agency, Centre for Infections, London.

    Dianne Phipps MA, PGCE, RNMH is Deputy Head of Department – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Gabrielle Rabie RMN, SRN, SCPHN, MPH is Senior Lecturer, Programme Lead for Youth Matters, Pathway Lead, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Pat Rose RN, SCPHN (HV), M.Sc., B.Sc., Dip.N., Cert. Ed. is Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Soumen Sengupta B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. is Head of Planning and Health Improvement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, West Dunbartonshire Community Health Partnership.

    Alex G. Stewart MB, Ch.B., MPH, MFPHMI, MFPH, DRCOG, DTM&H, FHEA is Consultant in Health Protection, Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Unit.

    Janine Talley Ph.D., MA, B.Sc., PGCE is Staff Tutor, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Open University working in health and management.

    Mike Thomas Ph.D., MA (Law), B. Nurs., RMN, RNT, Cert. Ed., MILT is Professor of Eating Disorders and Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Chester.

    Allison Thorpe M.Sc. (PH), MRIPH, B.Sc. (Hons) is Policy Manager, National Social Marketing Centre.

    Rachel A. Wells MPH, M.Sc. is Consultant in Public Health, member of the Voluntary Register for Public Health, Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and member of the UKPHA.


    The editors would like to thank their colleagues at University of Chester for their support and encouragement.

    Frances would like to thank her husband Michael for his unstinting support.

    Andi would like to thank Melanie for her fortitude.

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