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Public Health

Public Health
Building Innovative Practice

First Edition
Edited by:

December 2011 | 528 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Public Health: Building Innovative Practice examines the main challenges facing public health today and fosters an informed and creative response by practitioners. It explores effectiveness in team working, communication, managing change and inter-agency working, ethics and reflective practice. It addresses the key areas of public health practice including:

" analysis and use of information to improve health and wellbeing

" collaborative working to plan and implement programmes and interventions

" assessing evidence of effectiveness

" managing risk and reducing health inequalities

" reviewing and influencing public health policy.

Public Health: Building Innovative Practice provides students with knowledge and skills from which to build innovative practice. It is an ideal text for courses on public health and health promotion.

Structure, focus, themes and learning in Part 1

Public Health in Context
The Public Health Challenge
Structure, focus, themes and learning in Part 2

Working in Organisations:
Skills and approaches

Developing as a Reflective Practitioner
Ethical Issues in Public Health
Building Evidence-Based Practice
Statistics and epidemiology

Building Evidence-Based Practice
Qualitative approaches and triangulation

Using Evidence in Public Health Planning
Understanding and Using Theories and Models
Educating for Health
Structure, focus, themes and learning in Part 3

Working at the Local Level
Settings for Promoting Health
Building Partnerships and Alliances
Evaluating Public Health Interventions
Structure, focus, themes and learning in Part 4

Understanding and Influencing Policy Change
Building Healthy Futures
Barriers and Enablers


I was very impressed by this book. The chapters are clear and informative.We are due for a course review within the next year and I will be suggesting this book as a text on our reading lists.

Mrs Coralie Roll
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of East Anglia
November 25, 2014

Easy to read, helps to meet learning outcomes for module

Mrs Sarah Roberts
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
November 17, 2014

This book was a pleasure to read with information presented in a clear and concise way. The prompt questions through out were also very useful. I would definitely recommend that this text is offered on a reading list for all students studying public health.

Mrs Lisa Paduch
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
September 1, 2014

A good text, offers students an introduction to the concepts of Public Health. Good depth, and will offer students practical interventions into effective, innovative practice. Overall an interesting relevant text.

Miss Shelly Haslam
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
June 19, 2014

This book is well written, informative and easy to understand.

Mrs Ruth Mawdsley
Health and Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
April 27, 2014

Well structured text covering concepts in Public Health and Health Promotion activities. The chapters on epidemiology and building evidence-based practice and evaluation are well written. Throughout the book the use of 'green boxes' to illustrate examples or highlight key points has been well thought out. A very good read.

Mrs Ruth Hopkins
Health and Human Sciences, Swansea University
February 20, 2014

This is an excellent textbook with a vast amount of current information relevant to Public Health Practice

Mrs Alison Whitehouse
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University
February 19, 2014

A well presented book. The chapters follow a logical order and it explores all aspects of public health.

Mrs Beverly Ferguson
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
December 12, 2013

an excellent contemporary book that highlights a broad range of issues, health policy expectations and direction while taking into account the challenging times faced by commissioners and provider organisations of health and care provision.

Mr Andreas Ioannides
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
September 16, 2013

An interesting text that provides a stimulating read for those working within or studying public health.

Dr Ivan Gee
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
September 9, 2013