What does public health mean?

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  1. public health(Noun)

    The science and practice of community hygiene; includes preventive medicine, health education, sanitation and environmental safety.


  1. Public health

    Public health is "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals." It is concerned with threats to health based on population health analysis. The population in question can be as small as a handful of people or as large as all the inhabitants of several continents. The dimensions of health can encompass "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity", as defined by the United Nations' World Health Organization. Public health incorporates the interdisciplinary approaches of epidemiology, biostatistics and health services. Environmental health, community health, behavioral health, health economics, public policy, insurance medicine and occupational health are other important subfields. The focus of public health intervention is to improve health and quality of life through the prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions, through surveillance of cases and health indicators, and through the promotion of healthy behaviors. Promotion of hand washing and breastfeeding, delivery of vaccinations, and distribution of condoms to control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases are examples of common public health measures.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Public Health

    Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public health in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public health in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josh Sugarmann:

    Handguns are a public-health problem.

  2. Sarah Brady:

    We are not for disarming people. When you have an epidemic it's a public health issue, a safety issue.

  3. Arleen Leibowitz:

    We can expect public health spending to account for a smaller share of total health expenditure in the future because the ACA will increase private health spending.

  4. Bernie Sanders ':

    We will take away and do away with private health insurance premiums and move that to public health insurance premiums, health care is not free, but we can do a lot better in lowering the cost of health care for a middle class family than is currently the case.

  5. Daniel Salmon:

    I think people that develop breast-feeding messages, whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or state health departments, should be -- and I'm sure are -- aware of that possibility and how their messages could impact other areas of health and public health.

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