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Public Health, Fifth Edition
What It Is and How It Works

Author(s): Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
  • ISBN-13: 9781449600242
  • Paperback    560 pages      © 2012
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Using a straightforward systems approach, Public Health: What It Is and How It Works explores the inner workings of the complex, modern U.S. public health system—what it is, what it does, how it works, and why it is important.

The book covers the origins and development of the modern public health system; the relationship of public health to the overall health system; how the system is organized at the federal, state, and local levels; its core functions and how well these are currently being addressed; evidence-based practice and an approach to program planning and evaluation for public health interventions; public health activities such as epidemiological investigation, biomedical research, environmental assessment, policy development, and more.

Updated and New Information in the Fifth Edition:

  • NACCHO Profile data from 2008 and 2010 surveys
  • Accreditation of public health agencies
  • Public health workforce development activities including the credentialing of public health workers
  • Health reform provisions enacted in 2010
  • Updated and revised section on public health financing
Chapter  1  What Is Public Health?
Chapter  2  Health from an Ecological Perspective
Chapter  3  Public Health and the Health System
Chapter  4  Law, Government, and Public Health
Chapter  5  Core Functions and Public Health Practice
Chapter  6  The Infrastructure of Public Health
Chapter  7  Public Health Interventions
Chapter  8  Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response
Chapter  9  Future Challenges for Public Health in America

Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH-Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

Author Bernard J. (Barney) Turnock MD, MPH is currently Clinical Professor and Director of Community Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. His major areas of interest involve performance measurement, capacity building, and workforce development within the public health system. He has extensive practice experience having served as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Health, and state program director for Maternal and Child Health and Emergency Medical Services during his distinguished career. Dr. Turnock has received awards for Excellence in Health Planning and Practice and for Excellence in Health Administration by the American Public Health Association. He was the developer and instructor for UIC's first completely online course: Public Health Concepts and Practice (CHSC 400), and the first online "Public Health 101" course for front-line public health workers. He is the author of two other Jones and Bartlett books,  Public Health: What It Is and How It Works, now in its third edition, and Public Health: Career Choices That Make a Difference.

Additional Titles by this Author
  • “A clear, thought-provoking, and fresh treatment of public health issues.”
    —James McKenzie, Associate Professor, Wheaton College

  • “…provides an excellent overview of public health and leads the student to think further about both the principles and the practice.”
    —Victor W. Sidel, MD, Professor of Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  •  “Covers all aspects of public health … comprehensive and very readable.”
    —Gerald Barron, Associate Professor of Public Health Practice, University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

  • “.…an excellent foundation for an introductory course in public health.”
    —Marvin J. Bittner, MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, Creighton University Medical Center, Doody’s Review Service; Rating: 4 Stars!

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ISBN-13: 9781449600242

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