Building on the core competences for public health, this book focuses on key areas of surveillance and assessment of the population's health and wellbeing. It is concerned with assessing and describing the needs, health and wellbeing of specific populations, communities and groups. The authors also look at how to monitor these aspects of public health and explore qualitative and quantitative methods for measuring, analysing and interpreting health and wellbeing, needs and outcomes. Case studies, activities and research summaries are used throughout the book to help the reader understand how to apply theory to practice.

Basic Concepts

Basic Concepts

Basic concepts
John Harvey

Meeting the Public Health Competences

This chapter will help you to evidence the following competences for public health (Public Health Skills and Career Framework):

  • Level 5(g): Understanding of basic terms and concepts used in epidemiology and how rates are calculated;
  • Level 5(5): Interpret data on health and wellbeing within own area of expertise or practice;
  • Level 6(d): Understanding of links between, and relative importance of, the various determinants of health and wellbeing and needs;
  • Level 7(1): Assess and describe the health and wellbeing and needs of specific populations and the inequities in health and wellbeing experienced by populations, communities and groups.
  • This chapter will also assist you in demonstrating the following National Occupational Standard for public health:
  • Collect and link data and information about the health and ...
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