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Anthropology and Public HealthBridging Differences in Culture and Society$
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Robert A Hahn and Marcia Inborn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374643.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Anthropology and Public Health

Robert A. Hahn

Marcia C. Inhorn

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter describes the book's four sections: 1) Anthropological understandings of public health problems, 2) Anthropological design of public health interventions, 3) Anthropological evaluations of public health initiatives, and 4) Anthropological critiques of public health policy. It then surveys underlying premises of the discipline of anthropology; outlines basic methods of anthropology in public health; and describes some of the challenges of incorporating anthropological approaches within public health institutions and public health practice.

Keywords:   anthropological method, theory, disciplinary boundaries, public health problems, public health interventions, public health policy

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