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public health

noun

Simple Definition of public health

  • : the health of people in general

  • : the science of caring for the people of a community by giving them basic health care and health information, improving living conditions, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of public health

  1. :  the art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science

Examples of public health in a sentence

  1. a disease that poses a serious threat to public health

  2. She got her degree in public health.

  3. Public health officials warned of an influenza outbreak.



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First Known Use of public health

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noun pub·lic health \ˌpəb-lik-\

Medical Definition of public health

  1. :  the art and science dealing with the protection and improvement of community health by organized community effort and including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science




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