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

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



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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