Understanding Health Issues That Affect the Public at Large

While we are all aware of the importance of good health, we may feel bombarded by the amount of uncurated health information that’s out there. How do you know if the information you’re referencing is accurate? The Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2nd Edition is an authoritative source on public health issues. Topics focus on health crises affecting the public at large, including epidemic (local) and pandemic (widespread) diseases, chronic conditions, and social issues. 

Written by medical writers and reviewed by subject matter experts, this timely, comprehensive resource is ideal for students and other readers interested in the broad field of public health. Each entry describes the origin and spread of the issue, public and government reaction and response, and treatments and preventive measures. Readers will find resources for further information, full-color illustrations and photographs, statistical tables, and “Key Terms” sidebars. The book also provides contact information for organizations and government programs, a glossary, and cross references.

Print ISBN: 9780028666716
eBook ISBN: 9780028666709
2 volumes/~1,200 pages 
Original Copyright 2020 | Available December 2019


See What’s Different:

  • An advisory board consisting of subject matter experts
  • 288 total entries; 30 newly written entries and 75 updates
  • Approximately 200 full-color photos, illustrations, graphs, and maps
  • An appendix of public health and related organizations
  • “Questions to Ask Your Doctor” sections
  • A general index of places, subjects, titles, and proper names mentioned within the text


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