From clean drinking water, to seat belts, to immunizations, the impact of public health on every individual is undeniable. For undergraduates, an understanding of the foundations of public health is an essential step toward becoming an educated citizen
Sudbury, MA (PRWEB) August 1, 2009
A new textbook released today by Jones and Bartlett Publishers meets the needs of undergraduate institutions offering or developing introductory courses on public health. Public Health 101: Healthy People--Healthy Populations provides a big-picture, population perspective on the determinants of health and disease and the tools available to protect and promote health. It examines the full range of options for intervention including use of the healthcare system, the public health system, and society-wide systems such as laws and taxation.
The book's publication comes on the heels of a national initiative called The Educated Citizen and Public Health--a collaboration of several prominent higher education organizations including the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)--that aims to fulfill the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that all undergraduates have access to public health education.
"From clean drinking water, to seat belts, to immunizations, the impact of public health on every individual is undeniable. For undergraduates, an understanding of the foundations of public health is an essential step toward becoming an educated citizen," says the book's author, Richard K. Riegelman, MD, MPH, PhD.
Riegelman is Professor of Epidemiology-Biostatistics, Medicine, and Health Policy, and Founding Dean at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and has taken a lead role in developing The Educated Citizen and Public Health initiative. Public Health 101 is hardwired to the AAC&U curriculum recommendations for a course by the same name.
The book is the keystone text in a unique, integrated series from Jones and Bartlett called Essential Public Health. The Essential Public Health series also offers texts for the other two AAC&U recommended courses: Epidemiology 101 and Global Health 101. For more information on the series or on Public Health 101, visit http://www.essentialpublichealth.com .
About Jones and Bartlett Publishers:
Founded in 1983, Jones and Bartlett is a world-leading provider of education solutions for the post secondary education and professional markets, including colleges and universities, vocational and career schools, skill-based training centers, professional public safety agencies, and government agencies. By combining authoritative content and innovative learning performance applications for undergraduate through professional education as well as career, vocational and lifelong learning, Jones and Bartlett empowers instructors, students and professionals with curriculum-based and continuing education solutions that foster academic, professional and personal success.