This new edition of Health Studies provides an authoritative and contemporary introduction to the study of health. With chapters including epidemiology, psychology, human and environmental geography, and anthropology, it is the only book to explore in one volume all of the core disciplines that contribute to understanding health. It illustrates how the complexity of health problems such as obesity should be viewed with an interdisciplinary perspective. Each chapter explains the disciplinary approach and then its theoretical and research approaches with examples.
A highlight of this 4th edition is a new chapter on sports and exercise science providing another scientific chapter on physiology which is applied and will be of interest to all those thinking of employment in sports or leisure industry.
The book is accessible and learner-centered and each chapter features: a connections feature that links the chapters together; learning tasks; questions for reflection and debate; examples to illustrate concepts, methodologies and to explore contemporary issues; a case study on obesity, food and diet.
Comprehensive, accessible and written by leading experts in the different fields, this is the introductory text for all students of health studies.
Why Study Health?.- 1. Human Biology and Health.- 2. Epidemiology and Health.- 3. Sports and Exercise Science.- 4. Geography and Health.- 5. Health Psychology.- 6. Sociology and Health.- 7. Social Policy.- 8. Health Economics.- 9. Politics and Health.- 10. Organisation and Management of Health and Healthcare.- 11. History and Health.- 12. Cultural Studies and Anthropology.- 13. Ethics and Law.