- Subject index
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.
Chapter 2: Modern Public Health
Modern Public Health
Public policy has been defined as ‘the broad framework of ideas and values within which decisions are taken and action, or inaction, is pursued by governments in relation to some issue or problem’ (O'Neill and Pederson, 1992). As such, policy generically can be described as a guiding principle of, not a guarantee for, action. Public health policy more specifically reflects an increasingly diverse agenda, developed against a context of global forces and changing social and political environments. An active social justice agenda and growing evidence of the impact of the social determinants of health on health inequalities and outcomes make more complex an already crowded picture. In this chapter we will look at the implications of current policy ...