What is Public Health?


Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place.

Below is a breakdown of the public health profession by specific public health interests.

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Image of public health interest areas: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology
image of public health interest text: public health management and policy, public health practice, social and behavioral sciences