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Public Health

Public Health (pronunciation: /ˈpʌblɪk hɛlθ/) 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.


The term "Public Health" is derived from the Latin publicus meaning "of the people" and the Greek hygiea meaning "health".

Related Terms

  • Epidemiology: The study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events in specified populations, and the application of this study to control of health problems.
  • Health Promotion: The process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health.
  • Preventive Medicine: The branch of medicine concerned with preventing disease.
  • Community Health: The health status of a defined group of people and the actions and conditions to promote, protect, and preserve their health.
  • Health Policy: Decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society.

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