Public Health History Corner Multidisciplinary approach to Public Health: Albert Jonsen’s example


Public Health is not a discipline with clearly defined boundaries. This feature has taken many contributions from different cultural contexts. In its most recent development, Public Health has also emphasized the enhancement of the human element for the proper functioning of health facilities and the provision of quality care. The vision of public health only through its processes, resources, rules and protocols and any other part of the “structural” component, is certainly simplistic and of the past. This vision of the efficiency of health organization has positive aspects but certainly cannot disregard the fact that things do not have just procedures, but also involve who perform them and how these are managed. So ‘new’ public health contained a new focus on human rights and sought to address social and environmental change. At its root was the common thought that the general context for health had been marginalized only by medically generated concerns.

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