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 the Interim Director of the Master of Public Health Program at Missouri State University, where he teaches courses in international health, environmental health and the public health of disaster. He obtained his Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where his dissertation dealt with the re-emergence of malaria on the Korean peninsula. He also has degrees in Zoology and Entomology from Texas Tech University. Prior to his academic career, he was a medical entomologist with the U.S. Navy from which he retired at the rank of Commander.

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

Edited Books

  • 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.

  • Leishmaniasis - Trends in Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment

    Of all the parasitic diseases, leishmaniasis is one of the most diverse, with a variety of manifestations, from relatively minor cutaneous lesions to deadly visceral infections. It is also widespread, causing human disease in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. The environments in which this disease occurs range from desert to tropical jungle to urban habitats. Not surprisingly, the literature on this disease is written in a variety of languages including Portuguese, Arabic, English and French among others. This book provides a synopsis in English of much of the recent research on leishmaniasis, with a focus on the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of the disease as described by researchers around the world, but with a focus on the research from Brazil and the Middle East.

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