Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components

Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components
1st Ed.
2020 © Oxford University Press
Emily Ying Yang Chan
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-883547-9
Public Health, Infectious Diseases


  • • Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components is the first book to address health protection from a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary perspective.
  • • A discussion of new frontiers of health protection, this book tackles the latest challenges that might affect health protection.
  • • Approaching health protection from a global level in both theories and practices, it shows us how to overcome the current single country response and management system to diseases and environmental disasters.
  • • Written in a clear and concise manner, this book aims to help strengthen regional, subnational, national, and global health protection.

The aim of health protection is to prevent and manage outbreaks of communicable and environmental diseases, and to make us better at responding to emergencies and disasters. This includes working with diseases and injuries from environmental hazard exposures and climate change. Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components is a guide to the reality of the field, and a discussion of how we can improve our present and future.

Based on public health theories and illustrated by relevant examples, this book is founded on the experience gained from the long-established CCOUC Ethnic Minority Health Project in China. It covers the four key areas identified by the Commonwealth Secretariat in its 'Health Protection Policy Toolkit’ climate change adaptation and mitigation, communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, and environmental health. With the aim to strengthen regional, subnational, national, and global health protection, it also looks at health impact assessment in these areas.

Discussing the health protection spectrum from mitigation, interventions, and response, this book is a current and comprehensive guide to the field. Looking forwards, it discusses the latest controversies and dynamics and how they might change the reality of health protection practices and development.

Essentials for Health Protection: Four Key Components is the ideal introductory to-intermediate level textbook and reference book for healthcare professionals, field workers, volunteers, and students who are interested in promoting health and emergency and disaster risk reduction.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book is unique in its inclusion of all four domains plus additional real-world examples of health protection. Many other books on health protection focus on one of the four domains expanded on in this book, while few texts focus on more than one domain."

-- Kathryn Ross, BS (Haverford College) Doody's Review


With a number of case studies, descriptive figures, and basic health definitions emboldened throughout the chapters, the book provides a fundamental understanding of health protection that is crucial for readers new to the field. Although it is also intended for graduate students and healthcare professionals, the simplicity of information is best utilized as a beginner book or reference guide for volunteers and fieldworkers. Based on her extensive research and study in the field of public health and health protection, the author, along with her diverse set of case contributors, delivers the information in the book credibly and with authority.

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