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Understanding how and why manifestations of a disease occur and incorporating this knowledge into public health decision-making is the very essence of public health practice.
As the only text of its kind, Essentials of Public Health Biology explores pathophysiology within the context of the disciplines and profession of public health. Readers will gain a clear understanding of the pathogenesis of various disease conditions and how to identify critical points at which such pathogenesis could either be prevented or interrupted. Infectious, nutritional, metabolic, genetic, and environmental risks and the impact of such risks on various organ systems are thoroughly examined.
Ideal for the student with a science background, this text applies the scientific clinical foundation to the practice of public health through case studies, exercises, and points for discussion.
• Gives readers a clear understanding of the biological basis of disease put in the context of Public Health.
• Teaches key skills in public health to prepare the student for further investigation of critical topics.
• Includes a complete package of instructor and interactive student resources.
Looking for more real-life evidence? Check out Cases 19 & 21 in Essential Case Studies in Public Health, Putting Public Health into Practice.
How to Use This Text: Key To Chapter Format
Part I Concepts of Health and Disease in Public Health
Chapter 1 Essay: The Origins And Achievements Of Modern Science
Chapter 2 Biochemistry: A Foundation For Health Sciences
Chapter 3 Genetics And Public Health
Chapter 4 The Public Health Triad
Chapter 5 Epidemiological And Public Health Perspectives On Aging In America
Chapter 6 Drug-Induced Diseases And Safe Medication Use
Chapter 7 Disease Versus Disease: How Some Diseases Ameliorate Others
Chapter 8 Behavioral Determinants Of Health
Part II Using Public Health To Address Behavioral Change
Chapter 9 Understanding Nutrition For The Public’s Health
Chapter 10 The Nutrition Transition: Changes In Eating Patterns And The Relationship To Chronic Illness
Chapter 11 Exercise: The Vaccine And Antidote For Obesity
Chapter 12 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: A Lifespan Perspective
Chapter 13 Smoking, Nicotine And Addiction: Tobacco Or Health?
Chapter 14 Pathophysiology Of Injury: Why Gravity Is Your Enemy
Chapter 15 Oral Health: The Neglected Epidemic In Public Health
III Concepts of Pathophysiology
Chapter 16 Immunizations And Immunity
Chapter 17 Inflammation: Understanding Its Role In Acute And Chronic Disease
Chapter 18 Why We Stay Well: Stress, Allostasis, And Scientific Integrative Medicine
Chapter 19 Cancer Prevention From A Biologist’s Perspective
Chapter 20 Colon Cancer: A Common, And Yet Preventable, Cancer
Part IV The Public Health Burden of Infectious Disease
Chapter 21 Soil-Transmitted Helminths: Worms – The Most Common Pathogens of Humankind
Chapter 22 Malaria: The Challenge Of Scaling-Up Multiple Effective Tools
Chapter 23 Tuberculosis: The Deadly Comeback Of An Old Infectious Disease
Chapter 24 Acquired Immune Deficieny Syndrome (AIDS): History And Timeline
Chapter 25 HIV:Biology, Transmission, And Natural History In Humans
Chapter 26 Afterword: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Chapter 27 Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA): A Deadly Superbug
Chapter 28 Meningococcal Meningitis: It Strikes Without Warning!
Chapter 29 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection And Immunization
Chapter 30 Helicobacter Infection And Peptic Ulcer
Chapter 31 Avian And Seasonal Influenza
Chapter 32 Bioterrorism: Medical And Public Health Implications
Part V The Public Health Burden of Chronic Disease
Chapter 33 Hypertension And The Kidney
Chapter 34 Epidemiology Of Atherosclerosis
Chapter 35 Stroke: A Guide For Prevention For Patients And Families
Chapter 36 Diabetes: A Public Health Pandemic
Chapter 37 Chronic Kidney Disease: The New Epidemic
Chapter 38 Achieving Asthma Control
Chapter 39 Arthritis: The Nations Most Common Cause Of Disability
Chapter 40 Osteoporosis:A Significant Cause Of Disability And Mortality
Chapter 41 Alzheimer’s Disease: A Slow Death
Chapter 42 Perinatal Depression: A Worldwide Problem In Women’s Health
Chapter 43 The Science Of Sleep
Part VI Skills and Tools of Public Health
Chapter 44 Information-Seeking Strategies In Public Health
Chapter 45 Communicating Public Health Information
Constance U. Battle, MD-The George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Constance U. Battle, MD, is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Pediatrics at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in The School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a member of the academic staff at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. In the early 1990s, as a Fellow in the Creating Healthier Communities Fellowship of the Healthcare Forum, Dr. Battle focused on adolescent mothers with HIV/AIDS and their children, a project that evolved into the Minority Adolescent Community Initiative. In recent years, she has transferred her managerial leadership skills to new fields, serving as Executive Director of the Foundation for the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Battle was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and earned the President’s Medal for Distinguished Community Service of the Catholic University. At GW, she won the alumni Volunteer Award in 1994 and the Undergraduate Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005. Dr. Battle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (Chemistry) at Trinity College and the Doctor of Medicine Degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she has taught for 30 years.
Dr. Battle served as president of the Association for the Care of Children’s Health, an advocacy group dedicated to psychosocially sound, developmentally appropriate and family-centered health care for children. She has also served on the board of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions; as chair of the Scientific Review Board of Children’s Hospice International; and on the advisory board of the GW Institute for Spirituality and Health. Other service activities have supported the work of the American Academy of Pediatrics Developmental Disabilities Sector, the American Hospital Association and the DC Hospital Association.
Dr. Battle has authored over 30 articles, book chapters, and monographs on various topics in pediatrics. She currently teaches the Biologic Basis of Public Health (PubH 102) and the Introduction to Public Health and Health Services (PubH 101). In addition, she serves as a regular guest lecturer in The Introduction to Preventive Medicine (PubH 103) and The History and Philosophy of Public Health (PubH 105) classes.