Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Introduction and History of Modern Health Care in the U.S.
Lecture:How Public Health has Improved Health Care
Slide content:Public Health Charles Edward Winslow Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals. Thomas Frieden Public health focuses on denominators what proportion of all people who can benefit from an intervention actually benefit 4
Slide notes:This lecture will provide a definition of public health, and detail how public health has improved health care. According to Charles Edward Winslow, a famous American bacteriologist and public health expert in the first half of the 20th century, public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations both public and private, communities, and individuals. More recently, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has noted that public health focuses on denominators, or the entire population, and who can benefit from public health interventions. 4