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T Kue Young. Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005, pp 392. ISBN 0-19-515854-7
Different groups have taken on the idea of “population health” to mean different things. Young wrote Population Health in the spirit of the Leeds Declaration, describing population health as an interdisciplinary activity that includes the analysis of social structures and processes in the investigation of the determinants of health.
Aimed at a late undergraduate level or introductory MPH level, the book is essentially designed to support a general introductory course on population health, and comprises nine chapters. Each chapter ends with a well structured summary, a series of case studies, and chapter notes. The chapter notes are a particularly nice feature of the book—sometimes they are a directly relevant notation to the text, at other times they are an invitation for the reader to branch out and think about a different point entirely, and occasionally they are simply an …