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Health Statistics in Public Health Practice

John W. Oswald, Daniel J. Friedman and Margaret Hargreaves

in Health Statistics

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195149289
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0012
Health Statistics in Public Health Practice

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This chapter describes key uses of health statistics in public health practice, with an emphasis on state and local practice. Models of public health practice are presented as a framework for discussing these uses, which include monitoring community health status and outcomes, assessing community health, designing public health programs and targeting interventions, evaluating public health programs and policies, and informing the public. Emerging issues in the use of health statistics are then discussed. The chapter concludes with case studies of the successful application of health statistics in public health practice.

Keywords: interventions; population health statistics; public health; community health

Chapter.  7329 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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