Overview of Public Health 1

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Overview of Public Health (Part 1) Richard Taylor, PhD, MPH Fall 2010
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“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.” Vice Admiral, C. Everett Koop, USPHS 13 th Surgeon General of the United States
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Learning Objectives Identify ways that public health affects daily life Define public health Describe the core functions of public health Describe the purpose of public health Define and discuss essential public health services
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Public Health Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” 1920, C.E.A. Winslow (1877–1957)
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Public Health The substance of public health is the “organized community efforts aimed at the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.” Institute of Medicine The Future of Public Health 1988
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Public Health “The totality of all evidence-based public and private efforts that preserve and promote health and prevent disease, disability, and death.”
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Core Functions of Public Health Three core functions (1988 IOM Report) Assessment Policy Development Assurance Core Functions Steering Committee (1994) Public Health in America statement
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Public Health in America— Vision and Mission Vision : Healthy People in Healthy Communities Mission: Promote Physical and Mental Health and Prevent Disease, Injury, and Disability
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Purpose of Public Health Preventing epidemics and the spread of disease Protecting against environmental hazards Preventing injuries Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors Responding to disasters and assists communities in recovery Assuring the quality and accessibility of health services
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2010 for the course PHB 34567 taught by Professor Riegleman during the Fall '10 term at University of Texas.

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