The New Public Health

3rd Edition

Authors: Theodore Tulchinsky Elena Varavikova
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124157668
eBook ISBN: 9780124157675
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th April 2014
Page Count: 912
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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.

Key Features

  • Changes in infectious and chronic disease epidemiology including vaccines, health promotion, human resources for health and health technology
  • Lessons from H1N1, pandemic threats, disease eradication, nutritional health
  • Trends of health systems and reforms and consequences of current economic crisis for health
  • Public health law, ethics, scientific d health technology advances and assessment
  • Global Health environment, Millennium Development Goals and international NGOs


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

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • About the Authors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. A History of Public Health
    • Introduction
    • Prehistoric Societies
    • The Ancient World
    • The Early Medieval Period (Fifth to Tenth Centuries CE)
    • The Late Medieval Period (Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries)
    • The Renaissance (1400–1600s)
    • Enlightenment, Science, and Revolution (1600s–1800s)
    • Foundations of Health Statistics and Epidemiology
    • Social Reform and the Sanitary Movement (1830–1875)
    • Hospital Reform
    • The Bacteriological Revolution
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Nutrition in Public Health
    • Military Medicine
    • Globalization of Health
    • Epidemiological Transition
    • Achievements of Public Health in the Twentieth Century
    • Creating and Managing Health Systems
    • Challenges in the Twenty-First Century
    • Summary
    • Historical Markers
    • Note
  • Chapter 2. Expanding the Concept of Public Health
    • Introduction
    • Concepts of Public Health
    • Evolution of Public Health
    • Health and Disease
    • The Natural History of Disease
    • Society and Health
    • Modes of Prevention
    • Demographic and Epidemiological Transition
    • Interdependence of Health Services
    • Defining Public Health
    • The World Health Organization’s Definition of Health
    • Selective Primary Care
    • The Risk Approach
    • The Case for Action
    • Political Economy and Health
    • Social, Behavioral, and Political Sciences
    • Health and Development
    • Health Systems: The Case for Reform
    • Advocacy and Consumerism
    • The Health Field Concept
    • The Value of Medical Care in Public Health
    • Health Targets
    • Individual and Community Partic


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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


"a broad overview of all public health disciplines…an unexpected level of detail, beginning with the history of public health and branching into the various fields the subject now encapsulates. Summing Up: Highly recommended." --Choice

"The need for a robust public health response to the challenges facing society is greater now than it has been for many decades. The global financial crisis has been seized upon by those who see an opportunity to challenge the responsibility of the state for its citizens, and above all those who are most vulnerable. In the tradition of Rudolph Virchow, the public health community must speak out, marshalling the evidence, formulating policies, and showing that there is an alternative. In this third, substantially revised, edition of what is now established as one of the leading textbooks on the theory and practice of public health, Tulchinsky and Varavikova draw on a wealth of examples from all parts of the world to instruct, invigorate, and inspire us." --Martin McKee CBE, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London , UK