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Public health definition

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Public health definition

Definition in wikipedia

The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting well being through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals." (definition in wikipedia)

Definition in Wiktionary

The science and practice of community hygiene; includes preventive medicine, health education, sanitation and environmental safety

Definition in Medterms medical dictionary

The approach to medicine that is concerned with the health of the community as a whole.
It has been said that: "Health care is vital to all of us some of the time, but public health is vital to all of us all of the time." (definition in medterms medical dictionary)

This science is divided into fields like biostatistics, environment, social behaviour, epidemiology, occupation and epidemiology.
This public service has two distinct characteristics. The first characteristic deals with preventive rather than curative aspects.
The second characteristic deals with population-level, rather than individual-level of issues.

Now the focus of this social service is to prevent rather than treat a disease through surveillance, follow up and monitoring of cases and the promotion of cleanliness.
In addition, in most cases treating a disease can be vital and important to preventing its spread to others, such as during an outbreak of infectious epidemic.
It is also equally important to protect a community from contaminated food or water sources.
Vaccination programs and distribution of medical face masks are examples of public health measures.

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