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 Homelessness

Public health and homelessness
JudithLydon, and ScottHarrison


According to English law, a person is homeless if they have no accommodation that they are entitled to occupy or they have accommodation but it is not reasonable for them to continue occupying it (DCLG, 1996). There are wider definitions of homelessness including ‘rough sleeping’ and ‘sofa-surfing’, but the legal definition relates to the right to a home, not the circumstances in which someone lacks a home (SEU, 1998). It is important to note that homelessness is also often interpreted as the lack of suitable accommodation – if a person is housed in substandard accommodation, they may be classed by some service providers as ‘functionally homeless’ as the accommodation does not meet basic requirements for health, safety ...

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