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Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy

Place of Publication: 
San Francisco

Public Health Policy: Issues, Theories, and Advocacy  offers students an engaging and innovative introduction to public  health policy: its purpose, how it is originated, and how it is  implemented. The book describes the underlying theories and  frameworks as well as practical analytical tools needed for  effective advocacy and communication. Drawing on the  multidisciplinary nature of public health, the book uses concepts  and examples from epidemiology, law, economics, political science,  and ethics to examine the policymaking process, explain positions  pro or con, and develop materials for various audiences to further  a public health policy intervention. In addition, Public Health  Policy shows how policymaking is a complex and integrated  top-down and bottoms-up process that embraces a myriad of public  and private stakeholders.

Written by a highly experienced health policy researcher and  teacher, the book is rich in resources that will enhance teaching  and learning. Each chapter begins with an overview of the chapter,  including core terms and concepts, and includes illustrative  examples of how the highlighted component (law, ethics, economics,  politics, epidemiology, and medicine) intersects with public  health. Discussion questions at the end of every chapter, along  with an interview from an expert from each of the component fields,  give real-world perspectives on how that particular subject relates  to the overall topic. The book also contains 13 case studies that  illustrate the framework discussed in the first part of the book,  and show how the different components link to create, sustain,  evaluate, or obstruct the development of public health policy. Also  included are primers on two essential policy tools: how to write  research policy briefs, and how to craft effective letters to an  editor, including examples of both drawn from the author's  publications in journals and newspapers. (Publisher)