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 and the Natural Environment

Public Health and the Natural Environment

Public health and the natural environment

Both nature and the natural environment have central importance to the lives of people; to their health, to their wellbeing and to the role played in the sustainable development of their habitat.


In the Australian State of the Environment Report (2001) the natural environment is defined as ‘an environment that is not the result of human activity or intervention’. This definition is both helpful and problematic because what we take to be natural has often been shaped by humans; large areas of Britain would in their natural state be forested and as Schama (1995) writes of Yosemite, ‘the brilliant meadow-floor which suggested to its first eulogists a pristine Eden was in fact the result of ...

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