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Public Health

It is an exciting time for nurses working in public health as all four countries of the UK seek to address the underlying causes of ill health such as unhealthy lifestyles and social inequalities. Public health deals with and supports measures at an individual level, within organisations and at a wider society level to tackle the causes of disease and preventable mortality and disability. Use this guide to find information resources about public health including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 01/12/2017

Key Resources

Hibbard J and Gilburt H (2014) Supporting people to manage their health: an introduction to patient activation, London: King’s Fund.
Marmot M (2010) Fair society, healthy lives: the Marmot Review London: The Marmot Review.
Marmot M (2015) The health gap: the challenge of an unequal world, London: Bloomsbury. Marmot M (2015) The health gap: the challenge of an unequal world, London: Bloomsbury.
NHS Future Forum (2012) The NHS' role in the public's health: a report from the NHS Future Forum, London: DH.
NICE guidelines: Public health
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Public Health England (2016) The public health skills and knowledge framework (PHSKF), London: PHE.
Going upstream: nursing’s contribution to public health. Prevent, promote and protect: an RCN guidance for nurses. Royal College of Nursing (2012) Going upstream: nursing’s contribution to public health. Prevent, promote and protect: RCN guidance for nurses, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing Policy and International Department (2012) Health inequalities and the social determinants of health (policy briefing 01/12), London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing Policy and International Department (2012) Health inequalities and the social determinants of health (policy briefing 01/12), London: RCN.
Nurses 4 public health: promote, prevent and protect. The value and contribution of nursing to public health in the UK. Royal College of Nursing (2016) Nurses 4 public health: promote, prevent and protect. The value and contribution of nursing to public health in the UK : final report, London: RCN.
Public health reforms in England: a guide to the changed and the RCN position. Royal College of Nursing Policy and International Department (2013) Public health reforms in England: a guide to the changes and the RCN position (policy briefing 5/13), London: RCN.
We would like to thank the RCN Public Health member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Health promotion books

Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers C (2014) Health promotion and public health for nursing students, London: Sage. Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers C (2014) Health promotion and public health for nursing students, London: Sage.
Kemm J (2015) Health promotion: ideology, discipline and specialism Oxford: Oxford University Press. Kemm J (2015) Health promotion: ideology, discipline and specialism Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Naidoo J (2016) Foundations for health promotion (4th edition), Amsterdam: Elsevier. Naidoo J (2016) Foundations for health promotion (4th edition), Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Raingruber B (2017) Contemporary health promotion in nursing practice (2nd edition), Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Raingruber B (2017) Contemporary health promotion in nursing practice (2nd edition), Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Wills J (2014) Fundamentals of health promotion for nurses (2nd edition), Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Wills J (2014) Fundamentals of health promotion for nurses (2nd edition), Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
 Wilson F, Mabhala M and Massey A (2015) Health improvement and well-being: strategies for action, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Wilson F, Mabhala M and Massey A (2015) Health improvement and well-being: strategies for action, Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Health protection books

Bowie P and De Wet C (2014) Safety and improvement in primary care: the essential guide London: Radcliffe Publishing. Bowie P and De Wet C (2014) Safety and improvement in primary care: the essential guide, London: Radcliffe Publishing.
 Hawker J (2012) Communicable disease control and health protection handbook Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. Hawker J (2012) Communicable disease control and health protection handbook, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Veenema T G (2012) Disaster nursing and emergency preparedness for chemical, biological and radiological terrorism and other hazards, New York: Springer. Veenema T G (2012) Disaster nursing and emergency preparedness for chemical, biological and radiological terrorism and other hazards, New York: Springer.
Washer P (2014) Emerging infectious diseases and society, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Washer P (2014) Emerging infectious diseases and society, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Preventing ill health books

Gorin S (2014) Prevention practice in primary care, New York: Oxford University Press. Gorin S (2014) Prevention practice in primary care, New York: Oxford University Press.
Larkin M (2011) Social aspects of health and illness and healthcare, Maidenhead: Open University Press. Larkin M (2011) Social aspects of health and illness and healthcare, Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Upton D and Thirlaway K (2014) Promoting healthy behaviour: a practical guide Harlow: Pearson. Upton D and Thirlaway K (2014) Promoting healthy behaviour: a practical guide, Harlow: Pearson.

Public Health Books

Coggon J (2012) What makes health public?: A critical evaluation of moral, legal and political claims in public health, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Coggon J (2012) What makes health public?: A critical evaluation of moral, legal and political claims in public health Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
French J (editor) (2017) Social marketing and public health (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.  French J (editor) (2017) Social marketing and public health (2nd edition), Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gilliam S, Yates J and Badrinath P (2012) Essential public health: theory and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Gilliam S, Yates J and Badrinath P (2012) Essential public health: theory and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sim F and Wright J (2015) Working in public health: an introduction to careers in public health, Abigdon: Routledge. Sim F and Wright J (2015) Working in public health: an introduction to careers in public health, Abigdon: Routledge.
South J, Gamsu M and White J (2012) People-centred public health Bristol: Polity Press. South J, Gamsu M and White J (2012) People-centred public health Bristol: Polity Press.
Thompson S (2014) The essential guide to public health and health promotion, Abingdon: Routledge. Thompson S (2014) The essential guide to public health and health promotion, Abingdon: Routledge.

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