Definitions of Public Health Practice

Use Chapter 1 in your Introduction to Public Health text to answer the following questions:

  • What is the definition of public health? Remember to cite your source.
  • How do the three core functions of public health—assessment, policy development, and assurance—compare and contrast to the functions of health care?
  • What are the six disciplines of public health?
    • How are these disciplines used to accomplish the core functions?
  • Based on your personal or professional experience, which one of the six disciplines interests you the most? Why?