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How Public Health Can Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Call for Papers

Public health has been characterized by subsequent waves of development, each of them responding to, and anticipating, the health problems the population had to cope with. In the first period (1800-1900), clean water and sewage disposal were the key factors of development; then, (1890-1950) attention to housing, environment, and healthy eating concurred with the improvement of the population’s health; the pre- and postwar period (1940-1980) brought over the welfare approach and the rise of National Health Services; and, finally, healthy lifestyles, risk behaviors, and social inequalities became the focus for public health professionals and public health concern at large. This progression has caused a significant improvement in all sectors of human life, but further improvements are less likely to be expected, as the very causes of the present public health problems are the same factors having caused progress, that is, availability of high-calorie foods (obesity), alcohol, and other drugs and exploitation of natural resources (oil first of all) to an unsustainable level to guarantee increasing living standards for the developed countries (inequity and social inequalities).

As public health has always felt responsible and accountable for society, it needs to embrace a new vision for the future capable to cope with these problems. This means developing a public health culture easily understandable and communicable to the population, educators, and politicians and ready to be supplied to public health professionals. We invite authors to submit original research as well as review articles to this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What skills will the new workforce in public health require
  • Will the new profile of a public health professional be better defined in terms of basic competencies or in terms of his capability to integrate new skills
  • What part of the public health culture should have to be integrated in the basic training of any citizen and of other professionals
  • What is the role of health promotion within this context
  • What training is needed for public health professionals to make them able to collaborate in building up a new vision of the world, where health progress is equitable and sustainable
  • How can this training take advantage of the new mobile technology and e-health approach

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/public.health/phc/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 7 March 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 30 May 2014
Publication DateFriday, 25 July 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Franco Cavallo, School of Medicine, University of Turin, Department of Public Health and Pediatrics, Turin, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Ulrich Laaser, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
  • Ramune Kalediene, Faculty of Public Health, Department of Health Management, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Patrizia Lemma, Department of Public Health and Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Turin, Turin, Italy