public health

noun

Definition of public health

: 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

a disease that poses a serious threat to public health She got her degree in public health. Public health officials warned of an influenza outbreak.
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Even today, maps such as Snow's are regularly used by public health experts and epidemiologists. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Victoria (Mostly) Got It Right: The True Story of John Snow's Cholera Breakthrough," 4 Feb. 2019 Founded in 1977 by David Olds, Ph.D., an expert in pediatrics and public health, the Nurse-Family Partnership is based in Denver and serves families in 41 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six tribal communities. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Two federal agencies have launched a public health campaign with the intent to reduce that kind of confusion and lower the rate of 20 suicides a day among service members and veterans. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "A plan to help veterans from 'the first minute' they leave the service," 27 June 2018 The bottom line on public health: Travelers and visitors do spark outbreaks in the US from time to time. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Although the costs of obesity are used to build an economic case for investing in public health, the cost of obesity is also used to justify and express prejudice against people with obesity. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A new, eye-wateringly high estimate of the cost of obesity in the US," 1 Nov. 2018 According to the state’s department of public health, there were more babies born with congenital syphilis in California in 2017 than there had been since 1995, RecordNet.com reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Syphilis cases up 44 percent in California county," 18 Sep. 2018 The biggest problem, though, is that ADUFA isn’t considered an obligation owed to public health, as antibiotic data is in Europe. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "To Understand Antibiotic Abuse We Need Data From Farms," 11 June 2018 The county is willing to step up to facilitate the changes that are necessary to promote the public health and well-being of Sativa customers. Ruben Vives, latimes.com, "Agency that delivered brown, smelly water to customers should be dissolved, board rules," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of public health

1617, in the meaning defined above

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public health

noun

English Language Learners Definition of public health

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

public health

noun
pub·​lic health | \ ˌpəb-lik- How to pronounce public health (audio) \

Medical Definition of public health

: 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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