Encyclopedia of Public Health
Principles, People, and Programs
by Sally Kuykendall, Editor
June 2018, 788pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-982-2
$208, £160, 181€, A285
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Public health encompasses a wide range of concerns and practices that are all aimed at protecting or improving people’s quality of life, from communicable diseases to tobacco use and more.

Providing context to today's public health practices and broad coverage of topics, this book demonstrates how cross-disciplinary studies are critical to addressing current health issues.

The concepts of public health and the methods we use to care for and promote the health of people in communities, groups, and our nation as a whole are of interest to all health professionals. Comprising contributions from historians, scholars, researchers, sociologists, and other public health professionals, the Encyclopedia of Public Health: Principles, People, and Programs offers a firsthand, in-depth view of public health as it applies to everyday life and practice. The encyclopedia contains a wealth of information on critical theories, people, and movements and shows how various disciplines can work together to create healthy communities and practices for many people. As a secondary objective, the book encourages future generations to actively participate in public health.

This reference covers the defining moments in the development of public health, from ancient times to the modern day, and offers entries with historical information and examinations of current controversies as they relate to recurring social conflicts. The entries provide a breadth and depth of content that is accessible to a wide readership. Readers will understand the benefits of physical activity and good nutrition as well as the psychology behind the choices that we make and how early life and social experiences can influence behaviors even decades after the event. The wide variety of topics covered includes the life expectancy of Americans at birth, the Tuskegee syphilis study, and marijuana use, and will give readers an informed perspective on past public health successes and likely directions for the future.


  • Presents complex health issues in ways that encourage readers to pursue the many different opportunities in the field of public health
  • Supplies insights from contributors that include experts on diseases such as hepatitis, substance abuse prevention, the history of medicine, and neurology
  • Provides a functional foundation for those working to improve the health of communities or individuals
  • Identifies relevant connections between physical, social, and emotional health and well-being to everyday life
  • Serves as a gateway to additional research and study by providing suggested further readings with each entry
Sally Kuykendall, PhD, is professor of health services at Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA, and an independent evaluator of public health programs. She is author of Bullying in Greenwood's Health and Medical Issues Today series.


"This is a useful resource for public, academic, and consumer-health libraries."—Booklist Online, October 15, 2018

"Public health covers a wide range of programs and disciplines. This encyclopedia provides an overview of the field for lay readers. . . . Useful."—ARBA, August 4, 2018

"An engaging section on controversies will be of particular interest to students . . . . VERDICT A straightforward selection for undergraduates studying health sciences or public health."—Library Journal, October 15, 5018

"[Provides] an effective focus to select and distill topics from a wide-ranging, multifaceted discipline into a useful reference work for undergraduates, graduates, and teaching faculty, along with the general public. . . . . Summing Up: Recommended. All levels."—Choice, January 1, 2019
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