What is Public Health?

Essential Public Health Services

Ten essential public health services have been described:

  • Assess and monitor population health.
  • Investigate, diagnose and address health hazards and root causes.
  • Communicate effectively to inform and educate.
  • Strengthen, support and mobilize communities and partnerships.
  • Create, champion and implement policies, plans and laws.
  • Utilize legal and regulatory actions.
  • Enable equitable access.
  • Build a diverse and skilled workforce.
  • Improve and innovate through evaluation, research and quality improvement. 
  • Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health.

The above list reflects an American perspective, but may be applied to other contexts as well.

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