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Public Health


What is Public Health?

What is Public Health?

The organized effort of society to protect and improve the health and well-being of the population through:

  • health monitoring, assessment and surveillance
  • health promotion
  • reducing inequalities in health status
  • prevention of disease, injury, disorder, disability and premature death, and
  • protection from environmental hazards to health.

This is done through an appropriate balancing of the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organizations and the responsibility of government to protect and promote health.




The Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health this two volume e-reference book contains approximately 257 entries pertaining to important public health concerns. Topics include diseases and conditions, health and wellness efforts, nutrition, ethics and law related topics and statistics, sanitation issues, and everyday environmental effects.


Encyclopedia of Epidemiology

The Encyclopedia of Epidemiology presents state-of-the-art information from the field of epidemiology in a less technical and accessible style and format. With more than 600 entries, no single reference provides as comprehensive a resource in as focused and appropriate manner. The entries cover every major facet of epidemiology, from risk ratios to case-control studies to mediating and moderating variables, and much more. Relevant topics from related fields such as biostatistics and health economics are also included.