Examining Public Health Concerns from a Critical Perspective

  • Crescenti Y. DakuboEmail author


The new public health discourse proposes a multi-causal and socio-ecological approach to investigating and responding to public health concerns, yet most public health research, practice, and intervention still focus on individual level characteristics, relieving the role of broader socio-political and ecological factors. This excessive focus on the individual has led others to criticize the new public health movement as not “walking the talk”, and ignoring the social context in which poor health occurs (1992). The growing complexity of today’s health problems, including the rapid emergence of new diseases requires an approach to public health that takes into account the complex ways in which social and political factors interact with biophysical determinants to produce ill health, especially among vulnerable populations.


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  1. 1.Thunder BayCanada

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