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.

Student Health

Student health
Walid ElAnsari

Key Points

  • It is important to understand students' health in order to tailor health promotion programmes for this population.
  • Body weight challenges, nutrition, body shape perceptions and satisfaction and with possible resultant obesity or underweight related to physical activity, mental health, and other burdens due to study are amongst the important health challenges that students face.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption patterns require attention.
  • Policies for student health and healthy universities need to address the interlacing nature of the challenges.


There are many features that make students an important group whose lifestyle features should be researched as well as health-promoting behaviours, psychological wellbeing or attitudes that are not conducive to health. Firstly most are young adults and the attitudes and lifestyle habits (e.g. smoking, alcohol consumption and ...

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