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 Adults

Public health and adults


Public health is a contested and contradictory term given the wide range of competing perspectives, priorities and services that it claims to deliver (Laverack, 2005). It is perhaps not surprising that many health and social care professionals, and others such as town planners, transport directors and voluntary agencies, would not see themselves as being involved in ‘public health’. It is likely that public opinion would also see public health as being ‘someone else's remit’, and might consider its concerns to be drains or sanitation, or infectious diseases. However, public health, although it perhaps still belongs primarily to people employed in the health sector, in practice should belong to everyone. Earle suggests that public health consists of:

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