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Contemporary Public Health

Principles, Practice, and Policy

James W. Holsinger (Editor), Eli I. Capilouto (Foreword by), F. Douglas Scutchfield (Editor)


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"Public health" refers to the management and prevention of disease within a population by promoting healthy behaviors and environments in an effort to create a higher standard of living. In this comprehensive volume, editors James W. Holsinger Jr. and F. Douglas Scutchfield and an esteemed group of scholars and practitioners offer a concise overview of this burgeoning field, emphasizing that the need for effective services has never been greater.

Designed as a supplemental text for introductory courses in public health practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Contemporary Public Health provides historical background that contextualizes the current state of the field and explores the major issues practitioners face today. It addresses essential topics such as the social and ecological determinants of health and their impact on practice, marginalized populations, the role of community-oriented primary care, accreditation, and the organizational landscape of the American public health system. Finally, it examines the opioid epidemic, the impact of pandemics including COVID-19, and international public health and explores the potential of systems based on multilevel partnerships of government, academic, and nonprofit organizations. With fresh historical and methodological analyses conducted by an impressive group of distinguished authors, Contemporary Public Health is an essential resource for practitioners, health advocates, students, legislators, and informed citizens.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813180779, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 27, 2021

About the Author

James W. Holsinger Jr., MD, PhD, MACP, is the Charles T. Wethington Jr. Endowed Chair in the Health Sciences Emeritus at the University of Kentucky. He served as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services from 2003 to 2005. F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD, FACPM, FAAFP, DSc (Hon), DHL (Hon), is the Peter P. Bosomworth Endowed Professor of Health Services Research and Policy Emeritus at the University of Kentucky.