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Daniel J. Friedman, Edward L. Hunter, and R. Gibson Parrish

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.001.0001

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Health Statistics in Public Health Practice

Health Statistics in Public Health Practice

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(p.296) Chapter 12 Health Statistics in Public Health Practice
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Health Statistics
Author(s):

John W. Oswald

Daniel J. Friedman

Margaret Hargreaves

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149289.003.0012

This chapter describes key uses of health statistics in public health practice, with an emphasis on state and local practice. Models of public health practice are presented as a framework for discussing these uses, which include monitoring community health status and outcomes, assessing community health, designing public health programs and targeting interventions, evaluating public health programs and policies, and informing the public. Emerging issues in the use of health statistics are then discussed. The chapter concludes with case studies of the successful application of health statistics in public health practice.

Keywords:   interventions, population health statistics, public health, community health

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