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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Public Health

Edited by: Sridhar Venkatapuram , Alex Broadbent

Print publication date:  October  2022
Online publication date:  October  2022

Print ISBN: 9781138938823
eBook ISBN: 9781315675411
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In comparison to medicine, the professional field of public health is far less familiar. What is public health, and perhaps as importantly, what should public health be or become? How do causal concepts shape the public health agenda? How do study designs either promote or demote the environmental causal factors or health inequalities? How is risk understood, expressed, and communicated? Who is public health research centered on? How can we develop technologies so the benefits are more fairly distributed? Do people have a right to public health? How should we integrate ethics into public health practice?

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Public Health addresses these questions and more, and is the first collection of its kind. Comprising 26 chapters by an international and interdisciplinary team of contributors, the handbook is divided into four clear parts:

  • Concepts and distinctions

  • Reasons and actions

  • Distribution and inequalities

  • Rights and duties

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Public Health is a field-defining and sustained reflection on the various ethical, political, methodological, and conceptual aspects of global public health. As such it is an essential reference source for students and scholars working in political philosophy, bioethics, public health ethics, and the philosophy of medicine, as well as for professionals and researchers in related fields such as public health, health economics, and epidemiology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The public in public health Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Medicine and public health Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Groups and individuals Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Concepts of health and disease in public health Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Public health and ethics Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The philosophical implications of fundamental cause theory Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Causal pluralism and public health Download PDF
Chapter  8:  External validity and public health Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Explanation in public health Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Evidence-based medicine and public health Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Profiling in public health Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Big data and public health Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Machine learning and public health Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Capabilities, human flourishing, and the health gap Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Measuring social position in health inequality research Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Race and racism in public health Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Sex and gender blind spots and biases in health research Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Global health indicators and data Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Securitization and health Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Health, place, and justice Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Social justice and public health Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Health, healthcare, and public health as objects of (human) rights Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Disability justice and public health Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Ageing and justice in health Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Philosophical issues in cancer and public health Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Public health, human rights, and philosophy Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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