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<i>The science and art of public health</i>

Kenneth C. Calman

in The Potential for Health

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780192629449
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723674 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629449.003.0008
The science and art of public health

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This chapter covers two aspects of public health. Science and the importance of the evidence base, research, and the organization of knowledge are important aspects of public health. Public health requires an understanding of many different branches of science, from molecular biology to epidemiology. The art is dealing with complexity and uncertainty, and an evidence base which may not be complete. It is concerned with change in the environment, in communities and in individual behaviour. Research is fundamental as is the need to document outcomes and evaluate interventions.

Keywords: science; evidence; research; interventions; evaluation; behaviour; art; complexity; uncertainty

Chapter.  7314 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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