Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.

Public Health Law

Public health law
Nicholas FultonPhin


Legislation aimed at preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health, either directly or indirectly, is prolific and diverse, tackling issues as varied as smoking in public places, building and planning regulations, the wearing of seat belts and health and safety at work. Given this diversity of legislation, this chapter will deal with public health legislation as it relates to the prevention, surveillance and control of infectious diseases.

Rarely used legislation – section 47 of the National Assistance Act 1948 and the National Assistance (Amendment) Act 1951, permitting local authorities to remove an individual from their home to a place of safety – is not considered here. This legislation is considered by many to be inconsistent with the European Convention of Human ...

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