Public health continues to pose ideological, economic and moral dilemmas for
policy makers. For example, how involved should health care practitioners become
in ensuring the absence of illness or promoting wellbeing? To what extent should
health be a matter of state, rather
than individual, responsibility?
In this new edition of a highly regarded text, Rob Baggott visits the contemporary
debate surrounding public health, exploring the many facets of health improvement
and promotion within their historical, socioeconomic and political contexts.
Both timely and engaging, the
- examines the successes and limitations of current health strategy and public health campaigns
- assesses the impact of factors such as lifestyle, environment and socioeconomic inequality on public health
- investigates international dimensions and global issues including environmental health, climate change and world poverty
- evaluates the past 13 years of Labour policy and considers the future under a coalition government.
Heavily revised to incorporate the latest British, European and international developments, Public Health explores the ever-changing political environment and policy processes that frame current approaches.
Now providing detailed analysis of regional diversity within UK policy, this text is core reading for all those with interests in health, social and welfare policy, the development of the NHS and the voluntary sector and the essentials of contemporary public health.
ROB BAGGOTT is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit at De Montfort University, UK.
Public Health Concepts and Frameworks
The Historical Context of Public Health
Public Health in the Twentieth Century
Health Strategies in the UK
Public Health in a Global Context
Public Health and the NHS
Public Health Beyond the NHS
Public Health Services
The Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Health and the Environment: Pollution and Accidents
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Food Safety, Security and Sustainability
Diet, Nutrition and Obesity
Alcohol and Tobacco
Socio-economic Factors and Health
Inequities and Inequalities Policy
'This is, in many ways, a remarkable text in terms of the clarity of the language and the sheer comprehensiveness of the perspectives addressed. It is a work in which one can place a great deal of trust and confidence and serves as the most comprehensive, reliable and authoritative survey of public health from a UK perspective'. - Dr Chris Nottingham, Reader in Contemporary History and Head of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
'The book provides an excellent description and critical view of public health,
policy and politics in the UK and in relation to global health.' - Gaynor
Mabbett, Lecturer in Public Health, Department of Public Health and Policy Studies,
Swansea University, UK
'A very comprehensive and topical overview of health promoting policy in the UK.' - Jennie Naidoo, Principal Lecturer, School of Health, Community and Policy Studies, University of the West of England, UK
'Baggott's tales of policies warped by outside pressures make for a fascinating read...a resource that will be appreciated by all with an interest in the policy and politics of health improvement in the UK and beyond.' - Alan Maryon-Davis, Public Health Today