Public Health: What It Is and How It Works

Publication Year: 2015

Edition: 6th Ed.

Authors/Editor: Turnock, Bernard J.

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 978-1-28-406941-9

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Using a straightforward systems approach, Public Health: What It Is and How It Works explores the inner workings of the complex, modern U.S. public health system—what it is, what it does, how it works, and why it is important.

The book covers the origins and development of the modern public health system; the relationship of public health to the overall health system; how the system is organized at the federal, state, and local levels; its core functions and how well these are currently being addressed; evidence-based practice and an approach to program planning and evaluation for public health interventions; public health activities such as epidemiological investigation, biomedical research, environmental assessment, policy development, and more.

The Sixth Edition is a thorough update that covers new topics including: the Affordable Care Act, strategic planning, accreditation of public health organizations and credentialing of public health workers.

New to this Edition:

  • Extensive new information on state and local public health practice derived from national surveys conducted since 2012
  • Expanded coverage of Community public health practice and emergency preparedness topics
  • New conceptual frameworks for the public health system, overall health system, and public health workforce have been added.
  • New chapter on public health workforce topics including infrastructure topics as viewed from a management perspective.
  • A new series of case studies now offered in Part II of the book
  • More than 60 new or revised charts and tables
  • A new series of “outside-the-book thinking” exercises in each chapter


Platform: Ovid
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Product Type: Book
Author/Editor: Turnock, Bernard J.
ISBN: 978-1-28-406941-9
Health Systems & Services
Language: English
Edition: 6th Ed.
Pages: 454
Year: 2015
Doody Core Title
  • 2.4 (Public Health)

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