public health

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

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

  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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PUBLIC HEALTH Defined for English Language Learners

public health

Definition of public health for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


Medical Dictionary

public health

noun pub·lic health \ ˌpəb-lik- \

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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