CAREERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF PUBLIC HEALTH?
Professor Steve Albert and communitiy health outreach workers at Bat’s BarbershopPublic health is defined as the science of protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy making and research for disease and injury prevention.
The definition of public health is different for every person. Whether you like to crunch numbers, conduct laboratory or field research, formulate policy, or work directly with people to help improve their health, there is a place for you in the field of public health. Being a public health professional enables you to work around the world, address health problems of communities as a whole, and influence policies that affect the health of societies.
Public health involves the application of many different disciplines:
WHAT DO PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DO?
As a public health professional, you will be trained to perform one or more of these ten essential services:
Monitor the health status of a community to identify potential problems
Diagnose and investigate health problems and hazards in the community
Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues, particularly the underserved and those at risk
Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
Link people to needed personal health services and ensure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
Ensure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
Research new insights and innovative solutions to health problems