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Radiation and public health 

Radiation and public health
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Radiation and public health
Author(s):

Leeka Kheifets

, Adele Green

, and Richard Wakeford

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0134
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date: 15 September 2019

The Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health retains its approach of dividing the complex, dynamic subject of public health into three topics and volumes. The Scope of Public Health discusses the development of the discipline, determinants of health and disease, public health policies, and law and ethics. Next, the textbook focuses on The Methods of Public Health, including the main science behind the discipline—epidemiology. Finally, The Practice of Public Health, examines specific public health problems and the options for prevention and control. As well as identifying these issues by system or disease, there is also an awareness of the unique needs of particular population groups.

New topics in this edition include: climate change, genetic testing and genetic epidemiology; new methods for measuring the burden of disease; life course approaches to epidemiology, behavioural economics; and physical activity, health and wellbeing. Two new editors, Quarraisha Abdool Karim (South Africa) and Chorh Chuan Tan (Singapore), join the established editorial team of Roger Detels (USA), and Martin Gulliford (UK). The contributors are experts who have been assembled from around the world, offering perspectives from vastly different health systems with ranging public health needs and priorities.

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