Pharmacy Public Health

By Janet Krska

Pharmacy in Public Health focuses on the important topics in public health relevant to all pharmacists.

The role of pharmacists in improving the general health of the public is developing rapidly, directed by changes to health policy in the UK and elsewhere. Often the focus of the pharmacist is on individual patients. However the importance of pharmacy practice in population health should not be underestimated.

Case studies are used throughout the book to illustrate how public health initiatives can be implemented in different pharmacy sectors.

Specific key concepts are outlined, including:

  • determinants of health
  • pharmacy within public health: UK and international perspective
  • needs assessment and public involvement
  • evidence-based delivery
  • risks and benefits
  • health education opportunities
  • health protection
  • developing pharmacy services and preventing disease
  • medicines management

This accessible and comprehensive book provides the thorough understanding of this discipline that will be needed for practising pharmacists and students to develop into effective public health practitioners.


Pharmacy Public Health is divided into three sections: an overview of public health terms and concepts; a section on developing pharmacy public health services; and a section about pharmacist actions to improve public health. It is designed logically, but many of the pharmacy-specific chapters are not very pharmacy-specific, instead using more general concepts with pharmacy-related examples. The utility of the book is then dependent on what the reader is seeking. It is very clearly written from a British point of view, and readers from other countries will find themselves reading about policies, examples, and a public health structure that is irrelevant to them. Two of the first three chapters in the overview of public health section are specific to practice in the U.K.
This first edition of Pharmacy Public Health a good attempt to show how pharmacy practice and public health are interwoven. It is more successful at describing this interconnectedness than at instructing readers on developing pharmacy-related public health initiatives. As a book that introduces public health concepts to a pharmacy audience, it is particularly valuable.


Section 1 Overview of Public Health

1. Public Health in the UK
2. Determinants of Health
3. Pharmacy Within Public Health: UK Perspective
4. Public Health Data
5. An International Perspective

Section 2 Developing pharmacy public health services
6. Needs Assessment and Public Health Involvement
7. Evidence-based Delivery
8. Working Together
9. Developing Pharmacy Services
10. Risks and Benefits

Section 3 Improving public health through pharmacy
11. Health Education Opportunities
12. Health Protection
13. Preventing Disease: Screening in the Pharmacy
14. Medicines Management


“…the merits of the book in providing suggestions on how to interact with local and national populations to improve public health and ensure prevention, and should be seen as a case study of public health which can be adapted to other national governments and pharmacies around the world. Overall, this book is easily understood and presents information in a logical manner that readers can adapt to better the public health of their community, region, and nation”

Fadi M. Alkhateeb, PhD, MBA, BSPharm, and Isaac Thompson, PharmD Candidate, American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Volume 75 (5), 2011

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