Lecture 12 - Public Health vs. Medical Models in Nutrition Change: Saving Lives One or a Million at a Time

author: Kelly D. Brownell, Department of Psychology, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: Sept. 27, 2010,   recorded: October 2008,   views: 4032
released under terms of: Creative Commons Attribution No Derivatives (CC-BY-ND)

See Also:

Download Video - generic video source Download yalepsyc123f08_brownell_lec12_01.mov (Video - generic video source 786.7 MB)

Download Video Download yalepsyc123f08_brownell_lec12_01.flv (Video 929.1 MB)

Download Video Download yalepsyc123f08_brownell_lec12_01_640x360_h264.mp4 (Video 220.3 MB)

Help icon Streaming Video Help

Related Open Educational Resources

Related content

Report a problem or upload files

If you have found a problem with this lecture or would like to send us extra material, articles, exercises, etc., please use our ticket system to describe your request and upload the data.
Enter your e-mail into the 'Cc' field, and we will keep you updated with your request's status.
Lecture popularity: You need to login to cast your vote.


Professor Brownell reviews public health as a profession and explains how it provides a different framework, compared to the traditional medical approach, for tracking diseases and trying to prevent them. Specifically, he explains how public health focuses on community/population (vs. the individual) and prevention (vs. treatment) and discusses which may be better for addressing problems of diet. He provides examples of how different forms of prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary) and the epidemiologic triad are utilized to address disease in public health. Professor Brownell also highlights the importance of science and a public understanding of relevant issues such as standards of proof and various methodologies used in scientific studies.

Reading assignment:

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, Section I, chapters 3 and 4 (pp. 32-40)

Link this page

Would you like to put a link to this lecture on your homepage?
Go ahead! Copy the HTML snippet !

Write your own review or comment:

make sure you have javascript enabled or clear this field: