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public health

health services to improve and protect community health, especially sanitation, immunization, and preventive medicine.
Origin of public health
First recorded in 1610-20
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public-health, adjective Unabridged
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public health pub·lic health (pŭb'lĭk)
Abbr. PH, P.H.
The science and practice of protecting and improving the health of a community, as by preventive medicine, health education, control of communicable diseases, application of sanitary measures, and monitoring of environmental hazards.

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