"This book makes a great leap in the conceptualization of transdisciplinary approaches, as well as provides concrete examples in practice, teaching, policy, and research."
From the Foreword by Edward F. Lawlor, dean and the William E. Gordon Distinguished Professor, the Brown School; and founding director, Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis
The complexity of public health and social problems is becoming more challenging. Understanding and designing solutions for these problems requires perspectives from multiple disciplines and fields as well as cross–disciplinary research and practice teams. Transdisciplinary Public Health fills a void in the literature and offers a comprehensive text that introduces transdisciplinary methods as a means for providing an innovative tool set for problem–solving in public health research and practice.
With contributions from leading experts, Transdisciplinary Public Health offers an understanding of interactions among the biological, behavioral, social, and public health sciences; shared disciplinary frameworks in analyzing health problems; and the integration and evaluation of transdisciplinary solutions to alleviate complex public health issues. Use of this important resource will promote transdisciplinary research and practice, resulting in novel solutions that positively impact human health.
Figures and Tables ix
Foreword xiEdward F Lawlor
Preface xiiiDebra Haire–Joshu and Timothy D McBride
The Editors xix
The Contributors xxi
Part 1 Defining Transdisciplinary Research and Education 1
1 Transdisciplinary Public Health: Definitions, Core Characteristics, and Strategies for Success 3Daniel Stokols, Kara L Hall, Amanda L Vogel
2 Transdisciplinary Training and Education 31Sarah Gehlert, Teri Browne
3 Competencies in Transdisciplinary Public Health Education 53Lauren D Arnold, J Aaron Hipp, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, Elizabeth Budd
4 Measuring Success: An Evaluation Framework for Transdisciplinary Public Health 79Douglas A Luke, Sarah Moreland–Russell, Stephanie Herbers
Part 2 Cross–Cutting Themes in Transdisciplinary Research 99
5 Transdisciplinary Approaches: Sorting Out the Socioeconomic Determinants of Poverty and Health 101Timothy D McBride, Lisa M Pollack, Abigail R Barker, Leah M Kemper
6 Transdisciplinary Public Policy: The Roles of Law and Public Health in Creating Public Policy 125Sidney D Watson
7 Sociocultural Perspectives Applied to Transdisciplinary Public Health 141Bradley P Stoner
8 Evidence–Based Decision Making: Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Improve the Health of the Public 155Ross C Brownson
Part 3 Transdisciplinary Practice: Case Studies in Domestic Health 187
9 Transdisciplinary Methods in the Prevention and Control of Maternal–Child Obesity 189Debra Haire–Joshu
10 Transdisciplinary Approaches to Violence and Injury Prevention and Treatment among Children and Youth 217Melissa Jonson–Reid, Nancy Weaver, Brett Drake, John Constantino
11 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Integrating Public Health and Social Service Systems to Address
Health Disparities 249Matthew W Kreuter, Debbie Pfeiffer
Part 4 Transdisciplinary Practice: Case Studies in Global Health 265
12 Transdisciplinary Problem Solving for Global Hunger and Undernutrition 267Lora Iannotti
13 Implementing Public Health Interventions in Developing Countries: A Transdisciplinary Solution for Safe Drinking Water in Rural India 297Ramesh Raghavan, Ravikumar Chockalingam, Zeena Johar
14 Indoor Air Pollution and Respiratory Health: A Transdisciplinary Vision 319Gautam Yadama, Kenneth B Schechtman, Pratim Biswas, Mario Castro, Nishesh Chalise
Name Index 341
Subject Index 363
Debra Haire–Joshu, PhD, is the Joyce Wood Professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Timothy D. McBride, PhD, is a professor in the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.