public health

January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1814
Reference Entry
A definition of the term "public health" is presented. It refers to the field concerned with preventive actions intended to improve the health of communities. The public health is actively maintained by various government agencies. Public health includes the study and implementation of measures that safeguard communities from epidemics or toxic exposures, predict environmental disasters.


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