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.

Sustainable Development and Public Health

Sustainable development and public health
Mzwandile (Andi)Mabhala, and PeeteLesiamo


The linkage between environment and development was globally recognized in 1980, when the International Union for the Conservation of Nature published the World Conservation Strategy and used the term ‘sustainable development’. At that time sustainable development was primarily concerned with ecological sustainability, or the conservation of living resources, and little attention was directed to wider political, economic or social issues (Carter, 2001). Three non-governmental organisations – the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Wildlife Fund – met and defined ‘sustainable development’ as ‘a socioecological process characterised by the fulfilment of human needs while maintaining the quality of the natural environment indefinitely’.

Since then the term ‘sustainable ...

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