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What is Public Health?

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Public Health has been defined as "The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through organised efforts of society" (Sir Donald Acheson). Everyone can be involved.

You can find out more about what Public Health involves from the following organisations:


Health Careers: Public Health Section : Health Careers is an online resource for careers, skills and training in health, including public health. It provides a wide range of information about careers and what one can do to develop in the various public health careers available.

Faculty of Public Health : The Faculty of Public Health provides information about public health, specialist training and the curriculum on which specialist training is based.

Core Learning Unit on Public Health : This describes the scope of public health. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in improving people's health.

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