The sequencing of the human genome in 2001 provided researchers, clinicians, policymakers, ethicists, and public health practitioners with a myriad of information to potentially improve disease outcomes on an individual and population basis. Genomics is a burgeoning field of study that examines the interactions among the genetic material in the human body, including interactions with environmental and behavioral factors. The role of public health in this new field of study is complementary, since population trends, health disparities, and the social determinants of health contribute to our understanding of the underlying causes of disease provided by genomic research. Thus, the new discipline of public health genomics has improved our ability to carry out the health professional’s mission to promote health and prevent disease. Public Health Genomics: The Essentials is a recent book that describes this emerging ‘‘interface between science and society.’’


Health Management and Policy

Publication Date

Summer 2009

Journal Title

INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing


Sage Publications

Document Type

Book Review

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