public health


noun

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
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Examples from the Web for public health

Contemporary Examples of public health

Historical Examples of public health

  • This substance was examined in the public-health laboratories of Rome.

  • In Australia at all events the inducements to enter the public-health service as a profession are not very great.

  • In fact, Stark, the public-health surgeon at Puerto del Norte, let fall a hint that makes me think he's on his way now.

    The Unspeakable Perk

    Samuel Hopkins Adams



Medicine definitions for public health

public health

[pŭblĭk]

n.

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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