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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Recent Examples on the Web The survey also asked about recent state legislation on public health measures. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 Eaton notes that courts have generally supported public health measures to slow the pandemic, but that litigation could stretch on for years. Jonathan Wosen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Sep. 2021 When done right, these events could provide a model for public health measures in the broader community, Wolfe said. NBC News, 8 Sep. 2021 Even in Boston, support for vaccine and mask mandates was greater among Democrats than Republicans, demonstrating that positions on public health measures still largely track with partisan affiliation. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Most Canadians have embraced public health measures and Canada now has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world with 3 out of every 4 eligible Canadians fully vaccinated. Paula Newton, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Protesters opposed to public health measures have dogged Trudeau on the campaign trail. Amanda Coletta And Bryan Pietsch, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 The strength of the county’s legal argument against the church deteriorated after recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that restricted public health measures against houses of worship. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Others were prompted by debates over school policies on transgender students and pandemic public health measures. Thomas Beaumont And Stephen Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of public health

1617, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Public health.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/public%20health. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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public health

noun

English Language Learners 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.

public health

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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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