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public health

health services to improve and protect community health, especially sanitation, immunization, and preventive medicine.
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public-health, adjective Unabridged
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  • He writes often about science, technology, and public health.
  • Lying in a landfill, a desktop computer can take a toll on public health.
  • And in those deaths, public health experts hear the distant rumbling of a global catastrophe.
  • The labs have created a public health crisis in many rural areas where the drug has taken hold.
  • Environmental taxes have the unique feature of raising revenues, increasing economic efficiency, and improving the public health.
  • When given free nets by public health organizations, many people in the developing world use the nets for fishing instead.
  • He wasn't yet thinking lofty thoughts about human beings or public health.
  • And as far as he was concerned, the waterless urinal was a threat to public health.
  • So a case of plague makes public health investigators, and bioterrorism responders, come running.
  • Research has soundly disproved the alleged connection, yet fears about vaccines continue to be a major risk to public health.
public health in Medicine

public health pub·lic health (pŭb'lĭk)
Abbr. PH, P.H.
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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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