What’s Public Health?


A wise man once said 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” (Winslow).

Whereas doctors heal individual health needs, public health advocates aim to prevent health problems before they occur. Thus, public health focuses on local, national, and global issues, instead of individual problems.

The relevance of public health can be seen throughout history; due to this discipline, many contagious diseases have been eradicated. Furthermore, many hygienic practices have become common due to public health, such as brushing our teeth and washing our hands. It may seem as though no one had to teach us those practices, but actually, public health officials had to promote them mere decades ago for them to gain relevance in today’s day and age.

That’s why WE LOVE PUBLIC HEALTH! We realize that it is an imperative field and needs to be studied and implemented in order to prevent problems in this modern world, such as chronic diseases and obesity.

Here are some other place to learn about public health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health.com

CNN Health

TeensHealth

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2 responses to “What’s Public Health?

  1. Your blog posts are awesome! A lot of useful information! I will also put you in reference to any similar topics in my blogs when it comes to public health. Keep up the great work!

    “Only Greatness Equals Greatness”

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