Special Issue "Preventive Medicine"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. María M. Morales Suárez-Varela
1 CIBER Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain
2 Center for Public Health Research (CSISP), Valencia, Spain
3 Unit of Public Health and Environmental Care, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Valencia, Avda. Vicente Andrés Estellés s/n, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
E-Mail: maria.m.morales@uv.es
Interests: health and environmental risk assessment; clinical epidemiology; public health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The fields of preventive medicine and public health, at least for the foreseeable future, share the objectives of promoting general health, preventing specific diseases, and applying the concepts and techniques of epidemiology toward these goals. The purview of preventive medicine seeks to enhance lives of individuals by helping them improve their own health and to make public health attempts to promote health in populations through this application. As a discipline, it has traditionally been described to encompass primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention levels. Some of these health endpoints include health-promoting changes with respect to the environment, workplaces, and lifestyles. However, health-related behaviors are not fully effective; specific protection methods against a disease may be warranted. The rationale for a holistic perspective in medical practice is compelling, particularly in the realm of health promotion and disease prevention. Preventive medicine should make the widest array of appropriate options available to patients and should be subject to rigorous scientific inquiry so that working interventions are systematically distinguished from those that do not work. The case is made for the responsible use of science and for responsiveness to patients’ requirements, which persist when the data from randomized controlled trials have been exhausted and reconciled. Integrative medicine is a framework for this area.

This special IJERPH issue aims to advance and explore the overlap and potential synergies of integrative medicine and preventive medicine in the context of these levels of prevention by acknowledging the relative deficiency of research on the effectiveness of practice-based integrative care. This Special Issue represents an effort to capture current developments in this field and to provide a forum for cutting-edge contributions to the literature.

Prof. Dr. María M. Morales Suárez-Varela
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs).


  • medicine preventive
  • public health
  • promoting health
  • disease prevention

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 11 February 2014

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert