The world is increasingly shaped by powerful global forces, many of which have consequences for human health and the social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health are increasingly determined at a supranational level. As a result, local or national level efforts to influence health determinants can have only a limited impact and it is all too easy for the individual public health practitioner to feel powerless. Yet while public health practitioners, on their own, may indeed be comparatively powerless, together they can achieve a great deal. Part I of this glossary explores a range of issues that arise as they seek to make a difference.
- human rights
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Competing interests: MM is a member of the Open Society Institute’s (OSI) public health sub-board and NS is the Director of the Public Health Program at OSI. OSI is committed to building open societies through collaboration between non-governmental organisations, governments, and international organisations. AG is funded by the US National Institute of Health to work on tobacco industry documents. The views expressed cannot be taken as representing any of the organisations they are associated with.