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
Related formspub·lic-health, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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public health

[ pŭblĭk ]


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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