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2014 Volume 35
Published quarterly

ISSN: 0197-5897
EISSN: 1745-655X

Journal Citation Reports®
2012 Impact Factor: 1.478*

JCR Science Edition
52/82 - Health Care Sciences & Services
87/158 - Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

JCR Social Sciences Edition
37/67 - Health Policy & Services
60/136 - Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

2012 5-year Impact Factor: 2.039*

JCR Science Edition
36/82 - Health Care Sciences & Services
69/158 - Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

JCR Social Sciences Edition
26/67 - Health Policy & Services
43/136 - Public, Environmental & Occupational Health

*2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)

Anthony Robbins, Boston, USA
Phyllis Freeman, Boston, USA


The Journal of Public Health Policy is committed to providing an accessible source of scholarly articles on the epidemiologic and social foundations of public health policy, rigorously edited, and progressive.

The Journal publishes articles from all over the world that can inform policy in other communities, countries or regions. Our aim is to provide a platform to inform debates about public health policy globally.

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Special Section

JPHP presents a Special Section: What is health?

We hope the article by Johannes Bircher and Shyama Kuruvilla, the 8 commentaries that follow, along with our introductory Editorial will provoke deeper thought about the meaning of health - and the reasons why a common understanding matters.
We invite your letters (at JPHP@umb.edu).
The commentaries come from far and wide - from public health and medical specialists, from theorists and practitioners - including the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (previously the Minister of Health of Mexico), an NGO leader in India, and from the presidents of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. Many more perspectives would be welcome.We especially look forward to letters reflecting the urgency for more effective action to improve population health.

    Defining health by addressing individual, social, and environmental determinants: New opportunities for health care and public health Open

    Johannes Bircher and Shyama Kuruvilla

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.19
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    Emergent properties define the subjective nature of health and dis-ease

    Joachim P Sturmberg

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.19
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    Application of the Meikirch Model to independent medical evaluations for Social Security eligibility determinations in Switzerland and potential for use by physicians in many other situations

    Jörg Jeger

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.21
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    Implementation of the Meikirch Model in Odisha, India

    Sarangadhar Samal

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.22
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    A cautionary note for population health: Disproportionate emphasis on personal responsibility for health and wellbeing

    Elena N Naumova

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.23
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    Choosing health

    David Ozonoff

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.24
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    Impatience of health professions students for health equity – Can a new definition help?

    Joško Miše

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.25
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    Designing a framework for the concept of health

    Julio Frenk and Octavio Gómez-Dantés

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.26
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    The Meikirch Model of Health fits well into the concept of 'personalized health'

    Peter J Meier-Abt

    J Public Health Pol advance online publication, June 19, 2014; doi:10.1057/jphp.2014.27
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Open access option for authors now available

Journal of Public Health Policy now offers authors of accepted papers the option to publish their articles with immediate open access upon publication. Find out more from our FAQs page.


The CIA's vaccination ruse

In an August 2012 Editorial Anthony Robbins' highlighted the United States Central Intelligence Agency's use of a sham vaccination program to cover spying in Pakistan in 2010. While the CIA's use of a vaccination program for espionage was reported by The Guardian in 2011 and confirmed by the US Defense Secretary in January 2012, Robbins raised questions about US public health officials' apparent silence on the broader health implications of the CIA using vaccines as a front for other activities. Robbins commented further on the issue in a May 20, 2014 interview on NPR's All Things Considered, following the CIA's announcement to end fake vaccination programs.

JPHP authors call for more sustainable funding to fight global public health threats

Published today, a new study of the World Health Organisation's Prequalification Programme (PQP) leads its authors to call on governments and private donors for further funding to assist the programmes value and impact, which is presently only supported by two foundations. The full article (FREE to view for a limited time) and press release are available for further information.

Call for Papers - Tobacco Control

The Journal of Public Health Policy is pleased to present this Call for Papers on Tobacco Control and Anti-Tobacco Research. Please access the Call for further instructions and details for submission.

The complete JPHP archive is available online

More than 30 years of scholarly dialogue and debate around key and controversial topics in public health.

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Advance Online Publication (AOP)

Journal of Public Health Policy is now utilising our industry leading Advance Online Publication (AOP) service. This service enables us to publish online the final version of a paper, fully citeable and exactly as it will be published in the printed edition. In some instances papers are published AOP a significant number of months before appearing in print.
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Journal of Public Health Policy Collections

Food & Obesity Collection

In 2004, the Journal of Public Health Policy published a special section on Legal Approaches to the Obesity Epidemic. Relying on the work of our Editorial Board member Marion Nestle and the Public Health Advocacy Institute, this collection of papers shifted the responsibility (and blame) from individuals who eat too much and exercise too little, to an increasingly powerful and concentrated food industry that, in quest of profits, markets its inexpensive, tasty, and convenient products in greater and greater quantities – often more than the population can consume and remain healthy.

Many articles in subsequent issues picked up on this theme, thus the Journal of Public Health Policy has published extensively on public health aspects of overweight and obesity globally. The articles in the Food & Obesity Collection consider how societal and institutional change can reduce and prevent the serious health consequences of overweight.

View the full collection of articles here.

WFPHA member information

The Journal of Public Health Policy is formally affiliated with the World Federation of Public Health Associations (www.wfpha.org). To find out more, including how to subscribe at the special WFPHA rate, please go to the WFPHA page.