Public Health in the 21st Century
[3 volumes]
by Madelon L. Finkel, Editor
December 2010, 1101pp, 7x10
3 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37546-0
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Public health reflects the health needs of the collective community, be it a village, a city, or the world. Public health issues, including disease prevention, health promotion, human rights, and bioterrorism, affect all of us. Unlike personal health care, which is vital of all of us some of the time, public health is vital to all of us all of the time.

This extensive, cutting-edge compilation of essays on key public health topics is a must-read for professionals, students, and researchers, with topics focusing on the effects of climate change on health, global issues including treatment and prevention of diseases, health care policy issues, health care needs of special populations, gender-based violence, and current issues in ethics and human rights.

The three volumes of Public Health in the 21st Century are comprised of timely essays on a wide variety of public health issues that affect the world today—and those that may do so tomorrow. The essays gathered here are the work of a team of top researchers that includes behavioral scientists, medical officials, environmental scientists, administrators, educators, and health-education experts.

Volume one covers history, developments, and current issues in public health. Volume two is about disease treatment and prevention, and volume three discusses health disparities and policies that affect public health. The last volume also looks at cutting-edge research to show what the future may hold, discussing how we will deal with, for example, emerging threats to public health stemming from global warming, the mismanagement of natural resources, multidrug-resistant diseases, and the explosion of chronic disease. Each chapter presents an up-to-date, scholarly review of a specific issue and discusses the challenges that nations, communities, and individuals must address to create a healthier world.


  • Contributions by more than 100 distinguished, international scholars
  • Numerous tables, charts, and figures depicting examples of health status
  • Contents grouped by subject for continuity and ease of reference
  • An extensive bibliography in each chapter
Madelon L. Finkel, PhD, is professor of clinical public health and director of the Office of Global Health Education at the Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, NY. Finkel is an epidemiologist whose work focuses on women's health issues. Her interests also include global public health issues with ongoing research projects in rural India and Peru. Finkel has published extensively, including Praeger's Understanding the Mammography Controversy: Science, Politics, and Breast Cancer Screening and Truth, Lies, and Public Health: How We Are Affected When Science and Politics Collide.


"It offers a much-needed discussion about the teaching of public health, a topic that is largely ignored in current literature. These edited volumes make a great reference for those who work in the public health field, including policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. . . . Highly recommended"—Choice, May 1, 2011
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