In Support of a Broad Model of Public Health: Disparities, Social Epidemiology, and Public Health Causation
Public Health Ethics, 2009
Posted: 9 Nov 2008
Date Written: November 8, 2008
This article defends a broad model of public health, one that specifically addresses the social epidemiologic research suggesting that social conditions are primary determinants of health. The article proceeds by critiquing one of the strongest arguments in favor of a narrow model, advanced by Mark Rothstein. The critique sets up the argument that a model of public health that does not address what actually causes health and disease is unlikely to improve public health. Assessing the substantial evidence regarding the social determinants of health, the article engages the policy paradox that precludes utopian prescriptions but demands more than mere expedience.
Keywords: public health, ethics, social determinants of health, policy, causation, epidemiology
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