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Public Health Notes - Public Health Thursday Handouts Received Syllabus containing typical information Lecture We went over the syllabus and each

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Public Health Thursday January 24, 2008 Handouts: Received Syllabus containing typical information. Lecture: We went over the syllabus and each of the sections. We began our lecture on what public health is and what it deals with. Public health is: The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health and efficiency through organized community effort. It is a set of organized community efforts that fulfills society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. It is the application of scientific and technical knowledge to prevent diseases and promote health. The focus of public health is on the whole, both local and global communities. Tuesday January 29 2008 Handouts: None Lecture: We saw a video on the importance of water to public health. London’s cholera crisis was due to unsafe water, so a new water system was devised, saving thousands. A Ugandan village experienced economic growth and prosperity after a clean water system was devised. Ugandans elsewhere had to get dirty water manually. Mexicans, in order to deal with a cholera crisis, also invested in a new method of obtaining clean water. Public Health Efforts- Provide clean water and sanitation, immunization, restrictions on smoking, access to medicine and medical care, surveillance of disease, response to disasters and epidemics, reducing poverty, food security and nutrition, literacy and education.
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Who is the community? Public health is both local and global. How? Why? What does Public Health involve? Science/Medicine Political process Economic issues Societal Issues/Morals – HIV/AIDS Goals of public health- Assessment, Policy development, Assurance Specific responsibilities of the PH system -Prevent epidemics -protect against environmental hazards -prevent injuries -promote healthy behavior -Assume quality and accessibility of health services -respond to disasters Who is responsible for public health? Public, private and volunteer organizations Government agencies Academia Health care providers Hospitals and Clinics Community-based organizations Businesses Advocacy groups Professional associations Media Thursday, January 31, 2008 Handouts: Quiz #1, took and handed back. It was a quiz on what Public Health was and one example from the prologue. Lecture: The government’s role in public health is divided into Federal State
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Local International/Global organizations such as WHO Non-Governmental organizations such as Doctors without Borders US Federal Government -Has powers specifically delegated by the constitution -to promote and provide for public welfare -to regulate commerce -taxation 16 th amendment -3 branches of federal government, checks and balanced State’s responsibility -“Powers not delegated to the federal government by the constitution…are reserved to the states respectively…” Education Protection from communicable diseases Police power Protection from environmental hazards Licensing of health professionals Local municipalities
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course PHS 2201 taught by Professor Carroll during the Spring '08 term at St. Johns Duplicate.

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Public Health Notes - Public Health Thursday Handouts Received Syllabus containing typical information Lecture We went over the syllabus and each

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