HealthcarePapers 20(2) January 2022 : 44-47.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2022.26786

Moving the Principles of Population Health Science to the Heart of Public Health Practice

Sandro Galea


As noted by Frank et al. (2022), three recent epidemics – COVID-19, obesity and the health-related consequences of climate change – illustrate how public health has fallen short in applying its core underlying principles. Building on this work, I ask two questions: Why is it that the principles that can productively move public health forward have not influenced practice sufficiently to lead to a different response to emerging pandemics? What might we do to turn a corner and make these principles a foundational element of all that public health does? I offer a few thoughts on both these questions.



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