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What is Public Health?

Core Functions & Essential Services of Public Health:

  • Monitoring health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  • Diagnosing and investigating health problems and health hazards in the community.
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  • Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of healthcare when otherwise unavailable.
  • Assure a competent public health and personal health- care workforce.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
3 Core Functions and 10 Essential Services of Public Health
3 Core Functions and 10 Essential Services of Public Health

Check out the work of our faculty and partner departments and centers for more examples of public health in action.