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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 179

Public Health Management: Principles and practice

Department of Community Medicine, GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Date of Submission01-Apr-2019
Date of Acceptance01-Jun-2019
Date of Web Publication27-Jun-2019

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Viral R Dave
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, GCS Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_133_19

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Dave VR. Public Health Management: Principles and practice. Indian J Community Med 2019;44:179

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Dave VR. Public Health Management: Principles and practice. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 May 6];44:179. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2019/44/2/179/261500

Publisher Name : CBS Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Ltd.,

Location : New Delhi, India

Price : INR 725

Year of Publication : 2018 (2nd Edition)

Authors : Sunder Lal, Vikas

Pages : 11 chapters, 269 pages

ISBN : 978-93-87742-93-2

The book “Public Health Management – Principles and Practice” by Sunder Lal and Vikas is revised version; the first edition was published in 2016. This laconic book is quite different from its counterparts (of course which are very few) in terms of having coherent language, gratifying the need of readers by covering a wide variety of areas in the context of public health management. The book has 11 chapters describing various topics starting from determinants of health, major health problems, and disease burden in India and evolution of health reforms and health policy development in India, extending to cover the emergency epidemiology, medical ethics, and research in public health management and also international health at the end.

The core component topic, “key health management functions and best practices” is written over two chapters. The unique part here is, various “case studies” – the complex subtopics are explained in a simplified manner by means of case study at the end. Initiating from health supervisors at the village level to bureaucrats at the government level, all cadres who are involved in public health management, policymakers, planning, monitoring, and evaluation; this book has something for all. The day-to-day activities of all different levels of public health managers (basic, middle, and top) are explained so elaborately; that certainly, it will help them to perform their routines more easily. There are various enlightening topics covered with advanced details on community diagnosis, leadership, motivation, counseling, logistics and supply chain management, health-care financing, budgeting and financial management, SWOT analysis, health system monitoring and supervision, and many more.

For continual nurturing and positive progress of this textbook, there are some suggestions. The introductory chapter covering very basic information about health in general and the last chapter describing international health, is although written cherishingly but shall be curtailed in context of management. Overall other chapters may be enriched by adding more examples and case studies. As a part of the problem-based learning, some actual and/or hypothetical, field-based public health situations may be described as demanding solutions. The same will be also proved as actual managerial assessment for readers.

For various stakeholders involved in public health, it is commonly seen that the management part is neglected or not given due importance while learning during undergraduate or postgraduate studies. This creates mismanagement of various resources when there is actual field exposure. This textbook is certainly, a nice effort by authors to remove any trepidation from the mindset of students in the context of public health management. The book is strongly recommended not only for medical and paramedical students but also will be helpful to teachers in community medicine/public health, in-service health-care personnel, as well as for management students. The contents of this book will be certainly useful for them to clear their all concepts in public health management and will be beneficial to the country in long run by providing excellent stalwarts having expertise in public health management. I must congratulate the authors for their all hard work and painstaking efforts in bringing this book out especially when there is paucity of learning resource materials on public health management.


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