International Encyclopedia of Public Health

1st Edition

Hardcover ISBN: 9780122272257
eBook ISBN: 9780123739605
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th September 2008
Page Count: 4614

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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.

Key Features

  • Edited and written by a distinguished international group of editors and contributors
  • Heavily illustrated and abundantly cross-referenced
  • Via ScienceDirect platform, multimedia files will provide an enhanced online experience
  • Includes 'Further Reading' lists at the end of each article 
  • A complete subject index contained in one volume


Advanced undergraduates and graduate students

Table of Contents

Subject areas covered: Aging Anthropology/ Sociology At-Risk Populations Cancer Cardiovascular Child & Adolescent Health Consumerism/ Education/ Outreach Diet/ Obesity/ Physical Inactivity Economics/ Finance Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases Environmental / Occupational Epidemiology/ Demography Ethical and Legal Issues Global Issues Health Services Health Systems History of Public Health Infectious Diseases Injuries and Violence Malnutrition, Infections and Poverty Measurement and Modelling Neurological Disorders Parasitic Diseases Policy Psychology/ Psychiatry Respiratory Diseases Sensory, GI, and Other Sexual & Reproductive Health Tobacco / Alcohol / Drugs


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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