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What is Public Health?

Page last updated: 01/26/10


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  • This is Public Health: View the "This is Public Health" Video (Produced by: Association of Schools of Public Health) at http://www.thisispublichealth.org

  • What is Public Health? View the "What is Public Health" Video (Produced by: Association of Schools of Public Health) at http://www.whatispublichealth.org/

  • Why Public Health Matters: View the "Why Public Health Matters" Video  (Produced by: American Public Health Association)

  • Public health is your health.
    Public health improves the conditions and behaviors that affect the health of each and every one of us. Public health battles against deadly contagious diseases and promotes healthier lifestyles. Public health seeks to reduce incidences of preventable diseases, minimize the consequences of catastrophic events, and provide the basics of sanitation, safe food, and water. 

  • You are only as healthy as the world you live in.
    Your health is determined not only by your own genetics and personal choices, but also by the environment around you. Public health investigates the ecology of health from social networks and economic circumstances to our environment and then minimizes health risks.

  • The globalization of health links us all.
    The frenetic movement of food and people across borders permits illnesses to move rapidly from a remote village to far-away cities. Poor sanitation and a lack of health resources encourage new diseases, and can ultimately affect the health of Americans.

  • Public health is moral and smart.
    Public health efforts allow us to save lives your life, the lives of your family and friends, and the lives of people around the world. If we can save lives, we should.  We'll not only make people healthier, but we'll also address soaring healthcare costs by preventing unnecessary death and disease. 

  • Public Health Web sites and Resources


Page last updated: 01/26/10