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Understanding Health : 3rd Edition - Helen Keleher

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Understanding Health 3rd Edition introduces students to the concepts of health and examines public health and its sub-disciplines of health promotion and disease prevention. It uses a framework of determinants to discuss the factors of health and wellness. The new structure of the book easily guides students through the concepts covered.

It begins by discussing the over-arching principles of health and health promotion and continues on to explore how health status and the determinants of health are measured. The book then covers how health is shaped by the determinants of health, and finally, how to use that knowledge to improve health.

The book equips the students to explore the theories and helps them to understand how to put them into practice. The extensive pedagogy highlights important theory, research and practice into the concepts covered within the text.

New to this Edition:

  • New section that covers Health Promotion, Primary Health Care and Empowerment
  • New pedagogy that highlights the theory, research and practical examples of the topics covered within the text
  • New four part structure covering: understanding health, measuring health, shaping health and improving health
  • New chapters include: Measuring Health, What Shapes Behaviours, Social Marketing, and Community Development and Partnerships
  • Revised and updated chapters from another text Understanding Health Promotion include: Ecology and Health, Human Rights and Health, Program Planning and Evaluation, Health Education for Empowerment, and Healthy Cities as a Settings Approach.

About the Author

Helen Keleher, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Health Social Science, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. Colin MacDougall, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, & Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity Flinders University and Principal Fellow (Honorary) Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program, University of Melbourne.



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Great book for any nursing/ health course


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    Great book for any nursing/ health course.
    I am currently doing my bachelor of nursing and its great.

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    Section 1: Understanding Health
    1. Concepts of Health and Primary Health Care
    2. Public Health
    3. Understanding the Determinants of Health
    4. Health Promotion
    5. Learning from Public Health History

    Section 2: Measuring Health
    6. Measuring Health
    7. Evidence in Public Health
    8. Using Evidence in Public Health Evidence

    Section 3: Shaping Health
    9. What Shapes Behaviours?
    10. Social Determinants of Indigenous Health
    11. Natural Environments as Determinants of Health
    12. Environment, Sustainability and Health
    13. Human Rights and Health
    14. Social Inclusion
    15. Policy for Health

    Section 4: Improving Health
    16. Program Planning and Evaluation
    17. Health Education for Empowerment
    18. Social Marketing
    19. Community Development and Partnerships
    20. Healthy Cities as a Settings Approach
    21. Organisations, Power and Health Promotion
    22. Competencies and Careers in Public Health and Health Promotion

    ISBN: 9780195574906
    ISBN-10: 0195574907
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 361
    Published: 28th November 2011
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 27.7 x 21.1  x 1.65
    Weight (kg): 1.01
    Edition Number: 3
    Edition Type: Revised