Global Public Health – Ecological Foundations


MSc Social Medicine alumnus Franklin White is lead author of this exciting new textbook. Frank is President of Pacific Health & Development Sciences, an international health monitoring and evaluation consulting firm based in Victoria, British Columbia. He holds appointments at the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University, and was recently Visiting Professor at Kuwait University.  A McGill medical graduate, he was chair of Community Health Sciences for five years at the Aga Khan University, after a decade of programmatic leadership with PAHO/WHO.

The book is coauthored by Lorann Stallones and John M Last. Lorann is Director of the graduate program at Colorado School of Public Health, and Professor Laureate, College of Natural Sciences, Colorado State University. John Last, recipient of the Order of Canada in 2012 for contributions to public health sciences, is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, and former editor in chief of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (“Maxcy-Rosenau-Last”), and A Dictionary of Epidemiology.

Global Public Health – Ecological Foundations approaches public health principles and applications with a fluent community-oriented perspective. Drawing from issues and examples from around the world, with equal emphasis on developing countries, it puts forward unifying concepts and integrated approaches that are perhaps unique among public health textbooks. There are numerous case studies, from contemporary issues confronting disease prevention and control to cutting edge topics such as problem gambling, gun control, and efforts to redress the systematic abuse of colonized minorities. By achieving global reach through cooperative, community-based interventions, it argues that the practical application of both public health and ecological principles can help maintain the health of the world’s people.  Blending established wisdom with new perspectives, this new book will stimulate better understanding of how the different streams of public health can work more synergistically to promote global health equity. It is a foundation for future public health measures to be built and to succeed.

According to an advance review:

Global Public Health: Ecological Foundations is stunning proof of the power of global thought and focused scholarship. It is simultaneously ambitious in scope and simple in approach, and the result is the definitive textbook for anyone studying public health at any level. I warmed to this book from the first page and could not put it down.”

Hugh H. Tilson, MD, DrPH
Professor of Public Health Leadership, Epidemiology, and Health Policy, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina.

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