Public Health Leadership and Management: Cases and Context

By Uzych, Leo | Canadian Journal of Public Health, July/August 2003 | Go to article overview
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Public Health Leadership and Management: Cases and Context


Uzych, Leo, Canadian Journal of Public Health


Public Health Leadership and Management: Cases and Context Stuart A. Capper, Peter M. Ginter and Linda E. Swayne. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2002; 394 pp. Hard cover $74.95

It is important for public health educators to seek to develop thinking skills in students, consonant with effectually addressing challenges and problems relating to management and leadership in the public health realm. Public Health Leadership & Management: Cases and Context is a great help in this regard. Public health-related case studies are a helpful tool for building leadership and management-rooted thinking skills in public health students. And this fine book, at its core, is a thoughtful collection of diverse case studies, molded to students of public health and pertaining particularly to leadership and management-related concerns. The book is a valuable tool for educators in Canada and elsewhere interested in using the case method as a way to teach public health students to address vexing issues in a clear-sighted, intelligent manner.

The book is composed in main part of fifteen case studies which, in content, traverse a modest swathe of the vast expanse of public health. Good case writing is a demanding art; some of the cases are written better than others. The subject matter comprising the respective case studies raises a multitude of issues, encompassing for instance: blood transfusion-related HIV transmission; access of indigents to preventive and routine medical services; the costliness of health care; managed care; AIDS awareness and condom promotion; diarrheal disease; West Nile virus; toxic Red Tide; intoxication and driving; and an enigmatic outbreak of Hanta virus pulmonary syndrome.

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