1.2 Why is Public Health Controversial

Culture thesetofmentalmodelsthatpeopleuseto

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Unformatted text preview: as a member of society. In other words, culture is a system of knowledge and beliefs which is shared by a group of people, which is acquired by learning, which is communicated through words, actions and artifacts, and which is passed from generation to generation. Culture The set of mental models that people use to make sense of the world around them and to give things, people, and actions meaning. Characteristics of Culture Values Attitudes Beliefs Practices Shared Learned Flexible Unconscious Emotions Characteristics of Culture Values Attitudes Beliefs Practices Shared Learned Flexible Unconscious Emotions Society Economics Politics Material Arrangements Systems of Hierarchy Race Class Gender Sexual Orientation Disability Ethnicity How to Handle an Epidemic Leavitt – Typhoid Mary Rosenberg – Traditional steps in epidemic “Typhoid Mary Strikes Back” What was the central question Leavitt was seeking to answer by examining the case of Mary Mallon? Public Health Practice – Late 19th Century Characterized by a broad, sophisticated response: – Massive public sanitation...
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