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Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Determinants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Lia S. Florey, Sandro Galea, Mark L. Wilson
      Pages 15-51
    3. Danielle C. Ompad, Sandro Galea, David Vlahov
      Pages 53-69
    4. Nicholas Freudenberg, Sandro Galea
      Pages 71-104
    5. Marie S. O’Neill, Kristie L. Ebi
      Pages 139-157
    6. Obijiofor Aginam
      Pages 159-167
    7. David M. Bishai, Yung-Ting Kung
      Pages 169-191
    8. Richard M. Eckersley
      Pages 193-209
    9. Aaron S. Kesselheim, Jerry Avorn
      Pages 233-245
    10. Sana Loue, Sandro Galea
      Pages 247-273
    11. K. Viswanath, Shoba Ramanadhan, Emily Z. Kontos
      Pages 275-294
  4. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. S. V. Subramanian, M. Maria Glymour, Ichiro Kawachi
      Pages 301-331
    3. Sarah Curtis, Steven Cummins
      Pages 333-354

About this book


Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health explores social factors such as culture, mass media, political systems, and migration that influence population health while systematically considering how we may best study these factors and use our knowledge from this study to guide public health interventions.

Starting from the dual premises that a population is not merely the sum of its individuals and that the improvement of population health is not at odds with the practical desire of improving the health of individuals, Sandro Galea and 33 expert contributors present chapters in three sections. The first section includes eleven chapters that each discuss one macrosocial determinant of population health. The factors covered by these chapters encompass a broad range of intellectual concerns, ranging from regulations and legal frameworks (global governance, patent law and policy), to overarching global phenomena (globalization, migration, urbanization, the media), to a specific consideration of the role of economic, political, and corporate policies and practices. The second section considers particular methodologic issues pertinent to those interested in the study of how macrosocial factors influence the health of populations, offering insights on ecological studies and causal inference, and weighing how we may best study the overlapping roles of determinants at local, state, and national levels. The third section presents a framework for interventions that aim to improve population health and innovative case studies that show this framework in action. Throughout, contributors emphasize the potential of population strategies to influence traditional risk factors associated with health and disease. Each section ends with Galea’s integrative chapters, bringing the observations and conclusions from the chapters into clear, usable focus.

Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health is a work of major theoretical, empirical, and practical interest for disciplines as varied as public health, epidemiology, health promotion, sociology, and health policy. Its systematic field-building approach makes it as valuable to the public health provider as to the scholars and students studying the health of populations.


Epidemiology Health and disease Health promotion Individual health Population health Public Health assessment public health interventions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology School of Public HealthUniversity of Michigan Ann ArborAnn ArborUSA

About the authors

Sandro Galea is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. He was formerly an Associate Director at the Center for Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Galea co-edited the Handbook of Urban Health for Springer, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Macrosocial Determinants of Population Health
  • Editors Sandro Galea
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-70811-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2423-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-70812-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 502
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
    Public Health
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