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Public Health

Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level.


Nurses, Public Health

Nurses whose goal is to improve health and quality of life in a population or community through the prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions, the surveillance of cases and health indicators, and the promotion of healthy behaviors through public education and awareness.

Year introduced: 2014


Public Health Surveillance

The ongoing, systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of health-related data with the purpose of preventing or controlling disease or injury, or of identifying unusual events of public health importance, followed by the dissemination and use of information for public health action. (From Am J Prev Med 2011;41(6):636)

Year introduced: 2013, use Population Surveillance 1990-2012


Students, Public Health

Individuals enrolled in a school of PUBLIC HEALTH or a formal educational program in public health.

Year introduced: 2003


Public Health Informatics

The systematic application of information and computer sciences to public health practice, research, and learning.

Year introduced: 2003


Education, Public Health Professional

Education and training in PUBLIC HEALTH for the practice of the profession.

Year introduced: 2003


American Public Health Association

Professional organization concerned with issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, programs related to chronic and infectious diseases, and professional education in public health.

Year introduced: 2003


Public Health Practice

The activities and endeavors of the public health services in a community on any level.

Year introduced: 1998


United States Public Health Service

A constituent organization of the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES concerned with protecting and improving the health of the nation.

Year introduced: 1966


Schools, Public Health

Educational institutions for individuals specializing in the field of public health.


Public Health Nursing

A nursing specialty concerned with promoting and protecting the health of populations, using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences to develop local, regional, state, and national health policy and research. It is population-focused and community-oriented, aimed at health promotion and disease prevention through educational, diagnostic, and preventive programs.


Public Health Dentistry

A dental specialty concerned with the prevention of disease and the maintenance of oral health through promoting organized dental health programs at a community, state, or federal level.


Public Health Administration

Management of public health organizations or agencies.


Environment and Public Health

Natural and man-made environments and their impact on public health.

Year introduced: 1998


Public Health Systems Research

A field of study that examines the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services within communities, and the impact of these services on public health.

Year introduced: 2017

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