Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from threats to their health
Sometimes public health activities involve helping individuals, at other times they involve dealing with wider factors that have an impact on the health of many people (for example an age-group, an ethnic group, a locality, or a country).
While medicine and nursing are vital for helping and supporting people when they fall ill, work in public health contributes to reducing the causes of ill-health and improving people’s health and wellbeing.
It does this through its work in three main ‘domains’:
Health Protection – protecting people’s health (for example from environmental or biological threats, such as food poisoning or radiation)
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Health Improvement – improving people’s health (for example by helping people quit smoking or improving their living conditions)
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Healthcare Public Health – ensuring that our health services are the most effective, most efficient and equally accessible
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Academic Public Health – to influence and guide policy-makers in tackling public health challenges through professional practice and research
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For more information on UKPHR registered Practitioners, visit this page: UK Public Health Register – Practitioner (ukphr.org)
For information on the faculty of Public Health: Home (fph.org.uk)
For more information on Public Health Careers, visit: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/public-health-careers