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Concepts in Population Child Health 

Concepts in Population Child Health
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Concepts in Population Child Health
Author(s):

Mitch Blair

, Sarah Stewart-Brown

, Tony Waterston

, and Rachel Crowther

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199309375.003.0010
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date: 25 July 2021

In this chapter, we present a number of concepts from the fields of public health and child health that we have personally found useful in our exploration of child public health. It is by no means an exhaustive survey; and some concepts will be more familiar than others, depending on the reader’s own knowledge and background. The chapter is divided into four broad themes: epidemiological concepts, concepts related to health improvement, concepts relating to disease prevention, and concepts relating to the practice of public health and health promotion. The chapter explores the concept of risk at length, setting forth the various types of risk, as well as perceptions of risk and ways of communicating risk within a population. In addition, the discussion of epidemiology extends to the various kinds of populations that are subject to disease, and that can benefit in different ways from the practice of public health.

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