An invaluable desk reference for busy public health practitioners,
The Dictionary of Public Health is an alphabetical listing of almost 5,000 words and phrases used in public health science and practice. It offers definitions, discussion, and an occasional brief commentary on the relevance of each term to people and their health. This volume is a trusted resource for answers to questions that arise in the course of public health practice, whether in the office or in the field, in interactions with the public or with the media.
The book contains cross-referenced definitions and discussions of related terms and concepts. For easy reference, users will find similarly worked definitions and discussions of important related concepts listed under each of the commonly used keywords. A variety of website links make it easy to find further information at the users fingertips. Covering all aspects of public health, this book serves as both a quick and handy reference tool and a vehicle for more leisurely browsing.
Reviewer:Marilia Y. Antunez, MLS(Michigan State University)
Description:Easy to use, this dictionary covers general and specialized words and phrases in public health in alphabetical order.
Purpose:Professor Last attempts to provide timely, relevant, and unbiased definitions including discipline-specific terms in the dynamic field of public health.
Audience:Dr. John Last, emeritus professor of epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, compiled and selected the terms from a myriad of public health resources. This work is intended for public health practitioners, other health services professionals, and students.
Features:Each entry is in professor Last's own words and includes established terms in public health such as concepts, methods, theories, beliefs, and values the multidisciplinary aspects of public health. Some definitions are in short encyclopedic article format and provide cross-references, synonyms, and websites for additional information.
Assessment:This book covers a unique balance of the most significant terms and phrases as well as specialized vocabulary related to the issues and trends in the multidisciplinary nature of public health. Recommended for large academic libraries.