public health medicine


public health medicine
the branch of medicine concerned with assessing needs and trends in health and disease of populations as distinct from individuals. Formerly known as community medicine or social medicine, it includes epidemiology, health promotion, health service planning and evaluation, communicable disease control, and environmental hazards. See also public health physician.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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