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noun

health services to improve and protect community health, especially sanitation, immunization, and preventive medicine.

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Origin of public health

First recorded in 1610–20

OTHER WORDS FROM public health

public-health, adjective
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Medical 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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