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 Contemporary Health Issues

Public Health and Contemporary Health Issues

Public health and contemporary health issues


The concept of contemporary is generally used to convey what is present and current in society. In some settings it is used to describe being in fashion, up to date and modern, others mean something co-existing with another. One could argue that all three applications occur in the public health arena. For example socio-economic inequalities in health have remained current in the UK despite a rise in relative living standards, dietary fads come and go in short bursts of lifestyle fashion, whilst infectious diseases and virus-carrying hosts coexist with society despite great strides in pharmaceutical therapies.

Defining contemporary public health issues is therefore open to interpretation and the focus can alter over a short time. This ...

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