COVID-19 triggered broad discussions of population health, epidemiology, and public health, not only in academic communities but also in society at large. Although masks, social distancing, and vaccines helped curb its spread, the novel coronavirus will clearly not be the last infectious disease that tests our preparedness. Healthcare professionals must continue to collaborate and implement new strategies to mitigate future crises. Population Health, Epidemiology, and Public Health: Management Skills for Creating Healthy Communities presents the principles and tools that administrators and practitioners need to monitor, assess, and manage the health of populations in challenging times. Although public health catastrophes can and will change over time, the key concepts and evidence-based lessons detailed in this book are both timeless and essential. Author Rosemary M. Caron uses real-world case studies and examples to teach unique and innovative approaches to population health improvement. This significantly updated edition includes five new chapters on the social determinants of health, disease prevention strategies, the value of a systems-thinking methodology, and the application of population health principles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Other new content in this edition includes: current public health initiatives, including Healthy People 2030; discussions on ethical conduct in research; up-to-date epidemiological case studies on Salmonella, Zika virus, measles, and COVID-19; approaches to population health, such as community health needs assessments and Health in All Policies; and exercises that draw on data sources. Each chapter concludes with discussion prompts and key points to reinforce readers’ understanding of the concepts presented. Healthcare managers who are armed with the foundational principles described in this book will help their organizations take greater strides toward building healthier communities and facing future crises head-on.
About the Author
Rosemary M. Caron, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham. She previously served as the department’s chair, director of its master of public health (MPH) program, and director of undergraduate studies. Dr. Caron received the CHHS Teaching Excellence Award in 2011 and the UNH Outstanding Associate Professor Award in 2015. She has authored and edited several books about the public health workforce and population health management. Dr. Caron has held several leadership positions in the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research, the American College of Epidemiology, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and the American Public Health Association. Prior to entering academia, she worked as the assistant state epidemiologist in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment and as the chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. At the state’s largest local health department, she worked as a chronic disease epidemiologist and environmental toxicologist. Dr. Caron holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth College and an MPH degree from Boston University School of Public Health.