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John Walley and John Wright

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238934.001.0001

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Public health and the burden of disease

Public health and the burden of disease

(p.1) Chapter 1 Public health and the burden of disease
Public Health

John Walley

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the following topics: What is public health?; Who is involved in public health?; and burden of disease and determinants of disease. Public health is concerned with improving the health of the population, rather than just the individuals seeking treatment. Appropriate health services must be made available to the whole population, especially those at risk. The demographic and epidemiological transitions affect the rankings of high-burden diseases. Preventive interventions and essential health services are needed to tackle these diseases.

Keywords:   public health, disease, health care, population health

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