Key Themes in Public Health consists of introductory short essays exploring fifty key themes and concepts in public health. Ranging from political and economic concern with improving population health and reducing health inequalities, to debates about how to protect the population from new health threats, as well as a concern with individual responsibility for lifestyles and behaviour, the themes discussed include: determinants of health; globalisation; evidence; risk and population. Presenting provocative ways of thinking about key ideas in a concise fashion, each essay provides a basic grounding in the relevant theme as well as a departure point for further study by: Defining the theme in an accessible way Illustrating its application and significance in the field Identifying and exploring issues surrounding each of the themes Providing several references for further reading. This text provides an accessible overview for students new to public health who want to get to grips with the full range and complexity of this diverse and multidisciplinary field.
1. Introduction 2. Advocacy 3. Behaviour Change 4. Biostatistics 5. Causality 6. Community 7. Demographic Transition 8. Deprivation 9. Determinants of Health 10. Disease 11. Ecology 12. Economic Development 13. Empowerment 14. Epidemiology 15. Epidemiological Transition 16. Equity 17. Ethics 18. Evidence 19. Evaluation 20. Exclusion (Social) 21. Globalisation 22. Health 23. Healthcare 24. Health Literacy 25. Health Needs 26. Illness 27. Indicators of Health 28. Inequalities in Health 29. Life Expectancy 30. Lifestyle 31. Marketisation 32. Medical Model 33. Migration 34. Networks 35. Policy 36. Population 37. Poverty 38. Power 39. Rapid Appraisal 40. Risk 41. Settings 42. Screening 43. Social Capital 44. Social Marketing 45. Social Model of Health 46. State (The) 47. Stratification 48. Sustainability 49. Systematic Review 50. 'Upstream' Thinking