Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 86–104

The Impact of Corporate Practices on Health: Implications for Health Policy


DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jphp.3200158

Cite this article as:
Freudenberg, N. & Galea, S. J Public Health Pol (2008) 29: 86. doi:10.1057/palgrave.jphp.3200158


Although corporate practices play a substantial role in shaping health and health behavior, public health researchers have rarely systematically studied these practices as a social determinant of health. We consider case studies of three products – trans fat, a food additive and a preservative; Vioxx, a pain killer; and sports utility vehicles – to illustrate the role of corporate policies and practices in the production of health and disease and the implications for health policy. In recent years, public health advocates, researchers, and lawyers have used strategies to reduce the adverse health impact of corporate practices. Systematic analysis of these experiences yields insights that can guide the development of health policies that increase opportunities for primary prevention by discouraging harmful corporate practices.


health policycorporate practicessocial determinantshealth promotion

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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hunter College, Public HealthNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan, Public HealthAnn ArborUSA