Enrico Fermi was a physicist well known for his ability to make good approximations to difficult questions. A well-known Fermi problem is ‘how many piano tuners are there in Chicago?’ Answering these sorts of questions involves… Read More »Fermi problems and public health
Public health technologies; public goods and public health; policies toward health and safety at work; health education; financing public health; public health and public behavior; interplay between public health and health care services; inter- play between public health and other sectors; economics of public health policy.
E-cigarettes have become, without doubt, one of the public health issues du jour. Many countries and states have been quick to prohibit them, while others continue to debate the issue. The debate ostensibly revolves around… Read More »E-cigarettes and the role of science in public health policy
Healthcare institutions are large, complex systems and evaluating the effects of policies or structural interventions within these systems is challenging. In many cases it is not possible to directly measure the effect of the intervention… Read More »What’s wrong with a simple model?