The New Public Health


  • Theodore Tulchinsky, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Hadassah Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Elena Varavikova, State Adviser of the Russian Federation; Adjunct Professor at the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (MMA), Moscow, Russian Federation

The New Public Health has established itself as a solid textbook throughout the world. Translated into 7 languages, this work distinguishes itself from other public health textbooks, which are either highly locally oriented or, if international, lack the specificity of local issues relevant to students' understanding of applied public health in their own setting.

This 3e provides a unified approach to public health appropriate for all masters' level students and practitioners-specifically for courses in MPH programs, community health and preventive medicine programs, community health education programs, and community health nursing programs, as well as programs for other medical professionals such as pharmacy, physiotherapy, and other public health courses.

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Upper level undergraduate and graduate students taking a public health course, professionals seeking a comprehensive reference


Book information

  • Published: April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415766-8


“Too often, public health practitioners forget that it is not enough to describe the world. The goal is to change it. In the first edition of The New Public Health, Tulchinsky and Varavikova inspired readers in many countries with a vision for a better world and gave them the tools to make it happen. Their second, substantially revised edition once again draws on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives and, unusually for a public health textbook, provides examples from all parts of the world. In it, they succeed to an even greater extent in creating a book that is both inspirational and practically useful. This should be essential reading for all those seeking to improve the health of populations, whether in their village, city, country, or planet.”
-- Martin McKee CBE, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

“In an era of electronic communication where we search for and read everything online, it is a pleasant surprise to discover a textbook that is not an anachronism, but well suited to the present. This book is an antidote to information overload. The authors’ selection of topics and material will provide great value added for users–students, scholars, and practitioners. Public health, not a limited or constrained discipline, comprises a set of problems and the sciences needed to solve them. Here the reader can find the concepts, plus research and results to approach virtually any public health question. Readers can quickly acquire a sound understanding of ideas as diverse as professionalism, consumerism, and social medicine. Capturing public health in fewer than a thousand pages might suggest that no further information is needed or useful. Surely not. Instead Tulchinsky and Varavikova have offered a far more important service by explaining to public health readers how to look outward into other disciplines in the physical, biological, social, and management sciences to help solve public health problems.”
-- Anthony Robbins, MD, MPA, Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine and Co-Editor, Journal of Public Health Policy

"The first edition of New Public Health  was extremely popular among our international MPH course at Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 2001 as it was probably the best written introduction to the specialty, which exposed the newcomers to a comprehensive range of public health topics and presented complex public health concepts in a very friendly way. Upon graduation and return to Moscow I discovered that the same book and its Russian version were widely used as a standard textbook in various medical schools. We also found it very useful for our training programs as a valuable source of structured information for phisicians and decision makers from HIV/AIDS and other fields. Therefore, based on my personal experience I would highly recommend New Public Health  for all those who start learning public health as well as for busy practitioners looking for a good reference book."

-- Alexei Bobrick, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel

"The new edition of The New Public Health has been updated to encompass many new issues that continue to dramatically shape and expand the influence of public health. The authors revised several chapters on measuring and evaluating the health of a population, economics of health, law and ethics, and globalization of health. A number of sections were added or broadened such as those devoted to quantitative research methods, sampling, confounders, the null hypothesis, elasticities of demand, emerging infectious disease threats, etc.

This book is a completely up-to-date, all-in-one public health guide. The text draws from many disciplines (medicine, sociology, epidemiology, demography, economics, law, and history), and uses examples and case studies from different fields of public health.

It is also an outstanding guide to additional resources of information in public health. The book offers a wide range of existing web-based resources for further reading.

Covering all aspects of public health, the book is a comprehensive and exhaustive overview of the discipline. It could serve as an excellent foundation for an introductory course in public health for students. But its broad perspective commends it to researchers, practitioners as well as public health professionals engaged in different public health activities.

The book is used by teachers of our Department. And our students who used the first edition in Russian translation enjoyed having it."

--Igor Petrukhin, MD, PhD, Professor, Head of Department of Postgraduate Training in Public Health, Tver State Medical Academy, Russia


Table of Contents

A History of Public Health
Expanding the Concept of Public Health
Measuring and Evaluating the Health of a Population
Communicable Diseases
Noncommunicable Conditions
Family Health
Special Community Health Needs
Nutrition and Food Safety
Environmental and Occupational Health
Organization of Public Health Systems
Measuring Costs: The Economics of Health
Planning and Managing Health Systems
National Health Systems
Human Resources for Health Care
Technology, Quality, Law and Ethics
Globalization of Health