This chapter presents the basic concepts underlying this book and its structure. First, the purpose of population health monitoring is explored, together with its relative place in the policy cycle. Next, a definition of population health monitoring is given and explained. This definition is the basis for the rest of the book, and reference will be made to it throughout. Subsequently, two well-established models, the information pyramid and the monitoring cycle, have been combined. This combined model forms the backbone of the book and determines its structure. Finally, the different chapters of the book are introduced with an explanation of their overarching aims.
KeywordsPopulation health monitoring Public health surveillance Public health monitoring Public health Health information Information pyramid DIKW hierarchy Policy cycle Monitoring cycle
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