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. Author Rachel Swaby:

    It was a huge public health breakthrough.

  3. Bruce Keogh:

    Our goal is to eliminate TB as a public health problem.

  4. Sanjay Jain:

    Commercial interests are not larger than public health.

  5. Wayne Koff:

    Over 50% is worth licensing from a public health perspective.

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