A career in public health

Sidebotham, James and Memon, Anjum (2014) A career in public health. Student BMJ, 22 (g6416). pp. 38-40. ISSN 0966-6494

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Public health is an often unseen and misunderstood field of medicine that many medical students and junior doctors will be little exposed to as a specialty or a career option. Challenges such as tackling smoking, alcohol misuse, obesity, and infectious diseases are just a small part of the vast amount of work that goes on. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which brought about large scale change to the structure of health services in England, moved responsibility for public health from the NHS to local authorities. As a result, the specialty, which has never been prominent in the undergraduate medical curriculum, has become even more hidden. This article aims to explain the career opportunities available in public health—an exciting and influential specialty whose importance has been highlighted by the current Ebola virus epidemic.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Primary Care and Public Health
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Jane Hale
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 11:19
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57835
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