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 in the Workplace

Public health in the workplace


In Making a Difference, (DH, 1999b) the Department of Health encourages occupational health nurses to expand their role by adopting a broader public health approach, emphasising the importance of improving health and tackling inequalities. This expanded role was highlighted in the DH (2003a) document, Taking a Public Health Approach in the Workplace. It defined public health in the workplace as,

Working to improve the quality of life for everyone in the workforce and involving people in the wider issues that affect health. This can be done through partnership working, engaging with different groups and communities and encouraging people to participate in the decisions about their health.

(2003a: 6)

The format for achievement was made clear in 2004 via the ...

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