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.

Leadership Development for Public Health Practitioners

Leadership Development for Public Health Practitioners

Leadership development for public health practitioners
FrancesWilson, and KimGreening

Delivering the public health agenda requires well developed leadership skills, subject expertise and a comprehensive knowledge of public health and its application.


Leaders can be defined as:

People who make things happen in ways that command the confidence of local staff. They are people who lead teams, people who lead service networks, people who lead partnerships, and people who lead organisations.

(King's Fund, 2004b)

This definition clearly suggests that leadership occurs at all levels within an organisation. In terms of the qualities that are central to leadership at any level England's Chief Medical Officer

(DH, 2001a) proposes that:

A leader must be able to inspire and be seen to have integrity. These qualities will develop more easily by ...

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