When the world depends on effective public health intervention – and public health does not deliver

Authors

  • Jens Holst

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/seejph-3469

Keywords:

biomedical reductionism, health security, power, Public Health, public policy, social determinants of health, COVID-19

Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis offers both special opportunities and challenges for Public Health. The initial management of the pandemic was dominated by virologists, supported by epidemiologists who did not always meet indispensable scientific requirements. Interdisciplinary and complex Public Health concerns and expertise, however, did not have tangible impact in the COVID-19 debate. Public Health is universal and goes beyond health security as social and other upstream determinants of health play a central role. As an explicitly political concept Public Health must safeguard its broad socio-political approach and obviate all tendency towards biomedical reductionism.

 

Conflicts of interest: None declared.

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Published

2020-05-23

How to Cite

Holst, J. (2020) “When the world depends on effective public health intervention – and public health does not deliver”, South Eastern European Journal of Public Health (SEEJPH). doi: 10.4119/seejph-3469.

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Section

Editorials