Population Health Science

ISBN : 9780190459376

Katherine M. Keyes; Sandro Galea
224 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2016
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POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCE formalizes an emerging discipline at the crossroads of social and medical sciences, demography, and economics-an emerging approach to population studies that represents a seismic shift in how traditional health sciences measure and observe health events. Bringing together theories and methods from diverse fields, this text provides grounding in the factors that shape population health. The overall approach is one of consequentialist science: designing creative studies that identify causal factors in health with multidisciplinary rigor. Distilled into nine foundational principles, this book guides readers through population science studies that strategically incorporate: * macrosocial factors * multilevel, lifecourse, and systems theories * prevention science fundamentals * return on investment * equity and efficiency Harnessing the power of scientific inquiry and codifying the knowledge base for a burgeoning field, POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCE arms readers with tools to shift the curve of population health.


1. An introduction to population health science
2. Conceptualizing and evaluating causes for population health science
3. The causes of cases versus causes of incidence
4. Population health across levels, systems, and the lifecourse
5. Ubiquity and the macrosocial determinants of population health
6. Causal architecture to understand what matters most: theory
7. Causal architecture and what matters most: quantitative examples
8. Valuing population health interventions, measuring return on investment
9. Equity and efficiency in population health science
10. Prediction in population health science
11. Case study: Can we reduce obesity by encouraging people to eat better?
12. Case study: Simulating the impact of high-risk and population intervention strategies for the prevention of disease
13. Tensions in population health science

About the author: 

Katherine M. Keyes, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on life course epidemiology with particular attention to psychiatric disorders, including cross-generational cohort effects on substance use, mental health, and chronic disease. She has particular expertise in the development and application of novel epidemiological methods, and in the development of epidemiological theory to measure and elucidate the drivers of population health.; Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, is the Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean at the School of Public Health at Boston University. A physician and epidemiologist interested in the social production of health of urban populations, his work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions, with an overall aim of advancing a consequentialist approach to population health scholarship. He is a past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.; Together Keyes and Galea have taught introductory epidemiology across various institutions for more than 15 years.

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