The Oxford Textbook of Public Health, Fourth Edition is unique in its presentation of the breadth and depth of the complex, dynamic field of public health. To accomplish this goal the textbook is divided into three volumes. The first volume presents the scope of public health, the second presents the methods of public health, and the third presents the practice of public health. This fourth edition has been fully updated and the scope has been expanded to include issues relevant to developing countries. It also presents the perspective of public leaders, including the Director General of the World Health Organisation, on strategies to resolve these existing and anticipated public health problems. The textbook tackles such difficult issues as how to prioritize disparate public health problems, how to identify and implement cost effective strategies, the need for mobilizing the community through community involvement and the need for a comprehensive rather than an issue/disease oriented approach for the resolution of public health problems. The Oxford Textbook of Public Health is a comprehensive reference source for public health professionals, academics and postgraduate students, and provides insights into public health for those outside the field, but who need access to its expertise. It should be included in every comprehensive library serving the health field and be on the shelf of every public health practitioner.