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Introduction To Public Health 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0763763817
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 595 pages
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 3 edition (April 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763763810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763763817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sarah on May 25, 2012
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I took Intro to Public Health last semester and I seriously LOVED this book. It is very rare for a college student to say that they actually enjoy reading their textbook but I sure did with this book as I actually read every chapter. This book covered topics from every major field of public health (health policy, environment, epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior, maternal and child health, and so on). The only potential problem is that this book is primarily written from a United States perspective, with global health problems scattered throughout the book. She writes in a very raw manner, making her case for public health, and letting us know how relevant it is in our world since public health literally surrounds us everywhere. Sometimes, she is even sarcastic in her speech as she attacks conservative politics and ideas on a regular basis. She makes sure to point out the ironies of the Republican party and how they have been detrimental to the progress of public health. In almost every chapter, she attacks the Bush administration which I personally do not have a problem with. If you are a Republican or very conservative, you will probably very easily get offended.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By rpm911 on October 19, 2012
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I have to say in over 160 credit hours of college work... This is far and away the most blatantly liberal book I have ever read. The author outright BLAMES President Bush and the Republican party for virtually every issue. This is not political science... it's public health. Stick to the facts and figures, discuss the politics of it in an unbiased format. I'm disgusted that schools choose to use this text. Public Health is not the enemy of conservatives, but they generally hold different ideas about the goals of a public health system, and take the constitutional rights of people into account. Not only is this book chock full of leftist rhetoric, it also has conflicting statistical citations in some points.

It's an easy reader, and flows well, but misses the mark as an academic source. If there were only one blurb, I would have probably let it go, but here's a sample....

"Republicans tend to be less interested in counting everyone because the poor and marginal people that are often missed tend to live in areas that vote Democratic, while wealthier Americans who own more than one home, may be counted more than once. Preparations for the 2010 Census have been "in shambles," according to The New York Times, because of lack of support by the Bush administration."

Schneider, Mary-Jane (2010-04-21). Introduction to Public Health (Kindle Locations 407-409). Jones and Bartlett ebooks. Kindle Edition.

"There have been partisan battles in Congress about how much effort should be made to count racial and ethnic minorities: Republicans tend not to care that inaccurate counts affect congressional representation, because hard-to-count groups, like minorities, immigrants and the poor, tend to vote Democratic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kylie the City Girl on November 29, 2012
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I took my first Public Health course this semester and this book was the assigned textbook. I am very happy with the content of the book - all of the tests have been based on the information from the book and I have earned A's on all of the tests. This book is an EXCELLENT supplemental reading for those interested in the Public Health Feild. It paints an encouraging, understanding, and realistic view of how society and the world interact with eachother as it pertains to Public Health. I am very pleased with this text and would recommend it to anyone who would like to know a little bit more about the field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cross on April 23, 2013
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I purchased this book for a class and I must say that it's been a pretty good read for a textbook!! I will definately be referring back to it frequently. I especially like the fact that the kindle version gives you APA citation information if you copy and paste anything from the text. That was VERY helpful for writing research papers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TB on January 2, 2012
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I particularly enjoyed the chapter on health care reform. This book provides useful information on chronic, and infectious disease and how they tie in with public health.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dipole70 on December 20, 2012
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Boring book full of common sense. I needed it for my Public Health class, but I probably would have done just fine without it. The content was relatively easy.
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This is a very informative book with in depth chapters regarding a variety of public health issues and disease prevention. My only critique about the book is that it would be easier to follow in an academic setting if the chapters were set up in more of a bullet pointed style, instead of essay format. Some of the material gets lost in the shear size of each paragraph, which requires quite a bit of note taking and highlighting. The material itself is very informative and relative to public health today.
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I bought this to get a background in public health because I'm writing on health disparities for work. I find the material in this book to be very shallow and completely lacking in any kind of history. If you're looking for this book as a professor, it might be good to get something with a little more intellectual chops to keep your students' interest up a bit more. I can't image being 18 and liking this material.
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