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Evans, D.


David Evans
Professor in Health Services Research


Michael Caplan


This article is concerned with the history of schools of public health and their contribution to the health of populations. Problems of definition and the diversity of schools of public health make such assessment difficult. Most historical work has been done on the United States with very little on the developing world. The Rockefeller Foundation played a central role in developing schools of public health in the first half of the twentieth century, but the postwar role of the World Health Organization has been less explored. Tensions between medical and multidisciplinary concepts of public health continued throughout the history of schools of public health.

Change History: August 2014. D Evans made minor amendments to the text and added references to reflect new scholarship since the original article was published in International Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2008, Pages 661-669.


Evans, D. (2014). Schools of public health. In M. Caplan (Ed.), Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences. Elsevier.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences
ISBN 9780128012383
Keywords public health
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