International Encyclopedia of Public Health


  • Stella R. Quah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore
  • Kristian Heggenhougen, Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods, and approaches of global public health. This encyclopedia will cover all dimensions of the field, from details of specific diseases to the organization of social insurance agencies. A significant percentage of the articles will cover public health aspects of diseases and conditions. Other articles will survey aging, diet, injuries, ethical and legal subjects in public health, measurement and modeling, consumerism, anthropology and sociology, economics, the history of public health, and global issues.
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Advanced undergraduates and graduate students


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-227225-7


CHOICE Outstanding Title! Reviewed in 2009.

"This impressive set covers the gamut of public health scholarship. Its 505 alphabetically arranged entries average 3,000 to 8,000 words, with thorough bibliographies and cross-references. The entries fall into 30 sections outlined in a subject classification in volume 1. Sections include fundamental areas such as health promotion, economics and epidemiology, specific diseases such as cancer, particular populations, and many other topics. Global aspects of public health are especially well represented, including overviews of the health care systems of several countries and regions, and attention to health concerns of both the developed and developing world. A diverse, accomplished group of 30 section editors oversaw the efforts of 500 authors from around the world, and all entries have been peer reviewed. The set features numerous illustrations, many of them in color, and an exhaustive index. The encyclopedia is also available online through ScienceDirect (CH, Sep'06, 44-0034). Springer recently released the Encyclopedia of Public Health, ed. by Wilhelm Kirch (CH, Dec'08, 46-1826), priced only $400 lower than this set. However, the International Encyclopedia of Public Health is a far better value. Its comprehensive, current coverage makes it vital for academic libraries supporting public health or related programs. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above." -- U. Ellis, Deaconess Hospital

Table of Contents

Subject areas covered:AgingAnthropology/ SociologyAt-Risk PopulationsCancerCardiovascularChild & Adolescent HealthConsumerism/ Education/ OutreachDiet/ Obesity/ Physical InactivityEconomics/ FinanceEmerging and Re-Emerging DiseasesEnvironmental / OccupationalEpidemiology/ DemographyEthical and Legal IssuesGlobal IssuesHealth ServicesHealth SystemsHistory of Public HealthInfectious DiseasesInjuries and ViolenceMalnutrition, Infections and PovertyMeasurement and ModellingNeurological DisordersParasitic DiseasesPolicyPsychology/ PsychiatryRespiratory DiseasesSensory, GI, and OtherSexual & Reproductive HealthTobacco / Alcohol / Drugs