Medicine » Public Health

Topics in Public Health

Edited by David Claborn, ISBN 978-953-51-2132-9, 306 pages, Publisher: InTech, Chapters published June 17, 2015 under CC BY 3.0 license
DOI: 10.5772/58484
Edited Volume

Public health has been defined as the efforts of a community that allow a population to remain healthy. This definition is very inclusive, so elements of clinical care, health promotion and many other fields contribute to the larger discipline of public health. The profession has evolved in recent years, with the emphasis in the developed world changing from the hygiene method for control of infectious diseases to a more complex approach to address chronic disease. However, the focus in public health continues to be the population. This book provides a sample of fields that contribute to the public health profession. Its broad approach provides examples of the core fields of public health, including environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, and health behavior.

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Dr. David Claborn

Missouri State University

David Claborn is an associate professor in the Master of Public Health Program at Missouri State University where he teaches graduate courses in international health and environmental health. He obtained his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 2001, and his dissertation dealt with the reemergence of malaria in South Korea. Prior to his academic career, he was a military officer, retiring from the US Navy in 2008. In 1991, he was a medical entomologist for the First Marine Expeditionary Force during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife and daughter.

Fields of Research

Experience

  • 2008 - current

    Missouri State University

    Teaches courses in international health, environmental health and public health preparedness

  • 1988 - 2008

    U.S Navy

    Retired at the rank of Commander from the Medical Service Corps of the U.S. Navy. Commissioned as a medical entomologist but also served as Officer in Charge of a shore command and as assistant professor of preventive medicine and biometry for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Education

  • 1998 – 2001

    Dr. Richard Andre, Uniformed Services Universty of the Health Sciences, Bethesda

    Public Health

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  • Topics in Public Health

    Public health has been defined as the efforts of a community that allow a population to remain healthy. This definition is very inclusive, so elements of clinical care, health promotion and many other fields contribute to the larger discipline of public health. The profession has evolved in recent years, with the emphasis in the developed world changing from the hygiene method for control of infectious diseases to a more complex approach to address chronic disease. However, the focus in public health continues to be the population. This book provides a sample of fields that contribute to the public health profession. Its broad approach provides examples of the core fields of public health, including environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration, and health behavior.

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