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.

Environment and Public Health

Environment and Public Health

Environment and public health
Alex G.Stewart, and RichardJarvis


There are three standard uses of the term ‘environment’:

  • the natural environment: air, water and land, with consideration to its biological, chemical and radiological composition and properties;
  • the built environment: residences, industrial and commercial sites and mobile sites, including road and air traffic, rail and sea movement;
  • the social environment: moving from the individual in ever increasing circles through family, friends and the workplace to the wider society and culture, with international influences having possible effects on all levels.

These meanings have arisen and are widely used in sustainable development and the prevention and mitigation of effects of climate change. Here, people and communities are viewed as being integral to the wider environment and their health as integral to ...

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