Public health surveillance is the systematic, ongoing assessment of the health of a community, based on the collection, interpretation, and use of health data. Surveillance provides information necessary for public health decision making and interventions. In the third edition of Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, the editors present an organized approach to planning, developing, and implementing public health surveillance systems in response to the rapidly changing field of public health. Substantially revised and expanded on, this edition continues to examine further the expansion of surveillance of disease and health determinants, as well as the recent advances in data management and informatics. Major sections of the book focus on bioresponse and preparedness, risk behaviors, and environmental exposure, while the ethical considerations and policy justification for public health surveillance are also explored.
Drawing largely from the experience of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts in the field, this book provides an excellent framework that collectively improves the surveillance foundation of public health. It will continue to serve as the standard text in the field, an invaluable resource for public health students and the desk reference for public health practitioners.
From reviews of previous editions: "This book brings together the theoretical and practical information crucial to 'planning, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating surveillance information in the context of contemporary society and public health practice.' Nearly all the contributors are former or currently epidemiology specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the 13 chapters of the book systematically cover the subject....The volume not only discusses system design and data interpretation but also includes chapters on ethical and legal issues, computerized surveillance, and questions particular surveillance in developing countries." --American Journal of Public Health "Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance is a wonderful source of information on this underappreciated topic. It has two strengths in particular. First, it is by and large written by people who deal with public health surveillance systems and data on a daily basis and are intimately acquainted with their strengths and weaknesses. Second, the book is a one-stop source on public health surveillance and provides a single source reference on all aspects of surveillance in a straightforward, well-referenced, and readable manner. This is and will continue to be the single best source on public health surveillance. I recommend it to public health practitioners, public health students, and for researchers interested in further exploring this treasure trove of data."--American Journal of Epidemiology
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 26th August 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.3 x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised