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What are the basic concepts of public health?

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andrevincent | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2010 at 12:18 AM via web

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What are the basic concepts of public health?

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 24, 2010 at 1:12 AM (Answer #2)

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Public health is the function concerned with maintaining and improving the general health of public, that is people of a community. This includes services like

prevention and control of disease by providing proper sanitation, conducting immunization programmes, enforcing quarantine regulations, and providing health education for individuals, groups, and organizations. Provision of clean water and good sewage collection and disposal system are also important aspect of public health function.

In most of the countries government undertakes various programmes to provide public health services to its people. Voluntary organizations also play a major role in providing such services.

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leili2010 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:17 AM (Answer #3)

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It should be free and accessible to all.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:14 PM (Answer #4)

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Public health should work to make certain that the public is safe from any health concerns. As mentioned above it should work with sanitation to help prevent disease, offer vaccinations to prevent illness and provide information to the public to keep themselves healthy.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 25, 2010 at 8:27 PM (Answer #5)

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As we head into fall and then winter, we're heading into the height of the flu season.  It's one of the functions of a public health system to monitor the trends and signal the dangers of communicable diseases such as the whooping cough outbreak across the country, for which information and public awareness campaigns are being run.  Another function is to monitor and inform regarding any seasonal issues affecting health.  It's important to understand that none of us live in a vacuum, and the public health system is one way to try to protect us from ourselves and one another in terms of health concerns.

Lori Steinbach

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM (Answer #6)

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The key to public health is first clean water, and then generally sanitary conditions. On a more advanced level, everyone needs access to basic preventative health care, especially vaccinations and proper nutrition and early intervention in times of illness.

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