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Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health

Second Edition

January 2009 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Emphasizing the importance of social context and cultural construction, Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health examines current issues in health from a social and behavioral sciences perspective. The book uses a social ecological framework to address multilevel influences on health and enlarge the dominant "risk factor" approach to health behavior. Editor Jeannine Coreil and contributing authors use examples from the forefront of public health to illustrate the relevance of "core"competencies" in the field to diverse real-world problems. The Second Edition has been thoroughly updated and revised throughout, based on user feedback, and includes new theory, research, case studies.

Key Features:

  • Applies the social ecology of health model to contemporary issues at the individual and group level
  • Draws from a wide range of disciplines, including medical sociology, health psychology, medical anthropology, demography, gerontology, and economics
  • Describes planning, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, policies, and interventions
  • Features engaging case studies and examples on topics such as HIV/AIDS and breast cancer
  • Includes new "Special Topics" section, with chapters on childhood obesity, injury prevention, and occupational health
  • Offers practical advice for students and practitioners interested in updating their knowledge and skills"

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health is intended as a core textbook for graduate courses in public health and health care management that examine current issues in health from a social and behavioral sciences perspective.

Jeannine Coreil
1. Why Study Social and Behavioral Factors in Health?
Jeannine Coreil
2. Historical Perspectives on Population and Disease
Jeannine Coreil
3. Social Epidemiology
Jeannine Coreil
4. Behavioral and Social Science Theory
Jeannine Coreil
5. Health and Illness Behavior
Jeannine Coreil
6. The Social Environment and Health
Jeannine Coreil
7. Social Reactions to Disease
Jeannine Coreil
8. Comparative Health Cultures
Jeannine Coreil
9. Health Disparities, Diversity, and Cultural Competence
Wendy L. Hellerstedt
10. Reproductive Health
Mimi Nichter
11. Adolescent Health
Carson Henderson, Neil Henderson
12. Aging and Public Health
Eric Buhi, Rita DeBate, Robert McDermott
13. Planning Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs
Carol Bryant
14. Community-Based Approaches to Health Promotion
Carol Bryant
15. Social Marketing in Public Health
Linda Whiteford
16. Approaches to Policy and Advocacy
Rita DeBate, Carol Bryant, Marissa Zwald
17. Childhood Overweight & Obesity
Stephanie L. Marhefka
18. Mental Health and Illness
Karen Liller
19. Prevention of Unintentional Injuries
Martha Coulter
20. Violence and Public Health
Paul Spector, Chu-Hsiang Chang
21. Occupational Health
Jeannine Coreil
22. Afterword: New Directions


Student Study Site
A student study site includes:
  • Learner activities
  • ASPH Competencies for the MPH degree
  • Index of content by competencies
  • Print materials
  • Online resources
  • Key concepts glossary and index
  • Chapter outlines
  • Chapter summaries
Instructor Resources Site
A password-protected instructor resources Web site includes:

  • Test Bank
  • Learner activities
  • Sample Syllabi
  • Lecture Notes
  • ASPH Competencies for the MPH degree
  • Index of content by competencies
  • Print materials
  • Online resources
  • Key concepts glossary and index
  • Chapter outlines
  • Chapter summaries
  • Helps pre reg BSc nursing students understand the social and behavioural foundations of public Health.

    Miss Carmel Anne Quigley
    School of Nursing (Jordanstown), Ulster University
    November 27, 2020

    An excellent book containing all of the information I required to teach this subject. I am sure that I will refer to this book on a regular basis.

    Mrs Deborah Tatton
    Social Work , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
    June 21, 2016

    This is an excellent book and introduces a number of subject areas essential to my students reading. This would be essential if the focus gave examples outside of America more regularly as the information is not always generalisable into UK population. It would be useful to have a UK edition.

    Mrs Maxine Davis
    Health , South Devon College
    January 29, 2016

    Best fit for the type of course content coverage. Readability and use of great examples/case studies.

    Dr Rebecca Heick
    MCPHS Online, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy / Health Science
    September 16, 2013

    Largely, explores topic areas from a North American viewpoint and therefore, not entirely relevant to the situation in the UK.

    Mr Jim Sumpter
    Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
    July 2, 2012

    Some chapters do apply and will be assigned as recommended readings, but too few chapters directly apply to our course to ask students to purchase the book. I have asked our library to purchase a few copies so the students can consult when needed.

    Dr Tania Arana
    Medical Education, Texas Technology University Health Science - El Paso
    October 21, 2011

    This is an interesting and unusual text for students of public health. I feel that it is more relevant to students taking health subjects rather than a multi-disciplinary Early Childhood program, but is it has some useful chapters which I use in teaching. We have ordered a copy for the library.

    Mrs Debbie Steele
    Early Childhood, Newman College
    May 28, 2011

    This is a great book for a graduate course in behavioral and social factors in public health.

    Professor Chia-Ching Chen
    Behavioral Sciences & Community Health, New York Medical College
    September 23, 2010

    I will be using it as one of the texts fro the PhD level course "Population Health and Policy"
    Excellent approach to public health. Very much needed!!!

    Silvia Rabionet
    Pharmacy, Nova Southeastern University
    April 21, 2010
    Key features
    • Broad cross disciplinary approach
    • Engaging examples and case studies - AIDS, Exxon Valdez and more recent case studies
    • New ancillary package to help instructors teach the course
    • Offers advice for practicing professionals
    • Comprehensive guide from a social and behavioral perspective

    For instructors

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