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GLHLTH 722K: Culture, Health, and Illness in a Global Perspective: Public Health

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations.

MJM

Campbell, Dave. 2011. Anthropology's contribution to public health policy development. MJM : an international forum for the advancement of medical sciences by students 13, (1): 76.

Public Health

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Three Principles of Public Health (from WHO)

  • The assessment and monitoring of the health of communities and populations at risk to identify health problems and priorities.
  • The formulation of public policies designed to solve identified local and national health problems and priorities.
  • To assure that all populations have access to appropriate and cost-effective care, including health promotion and disease prevention services.