The New Public Health - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080919584

The New Public Health

2nd Edition

An Introduction for the 21st Century

Authors: Theodore Tulchinsky Elena Varavikova
eBook ISBN: 9780080919584
Imprint: Academic Press
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The New Public Health has established itself as a solid textbook throughout the world. Translated into 7 languages, The New Public Health 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. Following the "gold standard" of knowledge set by the Council for Education in Public Health, the new edition includes:

  • 40% new material, including all new tables, figures, data, and chapter bibliographies
  • Updates based on the 2005 accreditation criteria of the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH), as will feedback received from an extensive survey of professors using NPH1
  • Multiple case studies, chapter-ending bibliographies, and "recommended readings"
  • Companion website features an Instructors' Guide, PowerPoint lectures slides by the authors on topics related to the chapters, Case Studies, and Links to key websites for continuous updating of material for study and research

The second edition of The New Public Health 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, community health nursing programs, as well as programs for other medical professionals such as pharmacy, physiotherapy, and other public health courses. Specific courses include: Fundamentals of Public Health, Introduction to Public Health Policy, Philosophy of Public Health, History of Public Health, Public Health and Healthcare Management, New Technologies and Public Health, Genetics and Biotechnologies, Bio-preparedness and others.


Graduate, medical, and undergraduate students in public health and Masters of Public Health courses. Health managers, health economists, physicians, nurses, and other professionals requiring an overview of public health.

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 Glossary Index


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About the Author

Theodore Tulchinsky

Theodore H. Tulchinsky (MD from the University of Toronto; M.P.H. degree from Yale University) served as a Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development in the Province of Manitoba, Canada, Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health in Israel, and Director of Preventive Health Services and Coordinator for Health and supervisor of health in the West Bank and Gaza (development of immunization, nutrition, primary care for maternal and child health especially). He is Associate Professor at the Braun School of Public Health at the Hebrew University, and was Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health. He has published extensively on public health topics including on infectious diseases, nutrition and environmental health. He is active in promoting new schools of public health in Countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia, serves on the Executive Board of the European Association of Schools of Public Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Hadassah Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel

Elena Varavikova

Elena A. Varavikova is an MD from the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy. She completed her Ph.D. in Moscow, an M.P.H. degree at the School of Public Health at the State University of New York in Albany, and postdoctoral studies at the Harvard University School of Public Health. She served as Chief of the Unit for Monitoring of Health and Preventable Deaths, Public Health Institute, Russia, as well as Associate Professor of Public Health at the Moscow Medical Academy. After a 4-year affiliation as a scientist for the World Health Organization, HQ, Geneva, Switzerland, she returned to Russia to work in the Ministry of Health and Social Development in the Department for International Collaboration in Public Health, and later in the Federal Agency for High-tech Medical Care. Dr. Varavikova is now a State Adviser for the Russian Federation. She has managed and participated in number of projects in many countries and has published on public health topics including health policy, population health, future studies and globalization, health technology assessment, and professional education.

Affiliations and Expertise

State Adviser of the Russian Federation; Adjunct Professor at the I.M. Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy (MMA), Moscow, Russian Federation


“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 t