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Public Health Policy. Issues, Theories, and Advocacy. Edition No. 1

  • Book
  • 512 Pages
  • November 2013
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 2330980

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

The Author xv


Chapter 1 The Role of Law: Agencies, Legislatures, Courts, and the Constitution 3

Chapter 2 The Role of Epidemiology and Medicine: Diagnosis, Prevention, Control, and Evaluation 45

Chapter 3 The Role of Economics: Theories, Modeling, and Evaluation 77

Chapter 4 The Role of Politics: Players, Processes, and Power 99

Chapter 5 The Role of Ethics: Historical, Contemporary, and Future Perspectives 141


Chapter 6 HIV Criminalization 181

Chapter 7 Clean Water Legislation and Mosquito Control 201

Chapter 8 HPV Vaccination 213

Chapter 9 SCHIP and Children with Special Health Care Needs 245

Chapter 10 Overweight and Obesity 265

Chapter 11 Breast Cancer Screening 285

Chapter 12 Medical Transportation: Local Research Focus 295

Chapter 13 Medical Transportation: Local Practice Focus 307

Chapter 14 Taxes, Politics, and Public Health Policy: A Look Back at the 2008 Presidential Campaign 327

Chapter 15 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Modifying Behavior 353

Chapter 16 Medical Readmissions and the Affordable Care Act 365

Chapter 17 Tobacco Control and Cessation Programs 389

Chapter 18 Emergency Preparedness and Infectious Diseases 403


Chapter 19 The Research Policy Brief: A Primer 429

Chapter 20 Letters to the Editor: A Primer 467

Index 475


Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya