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Def. of Health According to W.H.O.

"State of complete physical, mental, and social well being"
- health not merely absence of disease or infirmity
- preventative med concentrates on keeping people well

Primary Prevention

Prevention of disease or injury.
- hlth education encourages individuals to develop good health habbits
- Environmental modification to decrease injuries from falls, fires, vehicle accidents, and develop adequate sewage and clean drinking H2O

Secondary Prevention

Early detection and proper treatment of diseases.

- Screening programs used to detect disease processes at early age

Tertiary prevention

- limits itself with disability or rehabilitation from diseases.
- Public health can be defined as: those activities of a gov. agency or community group not normally done in private sector to improve health status of community or individuals in community

Public Health Agencies

Perform certain functions: Assessment -> Policy Development -> Assurance


systematic collection and analysis of data that describes health status of the community

Policy Development

based on scientific and technical knowledge along with public values and opinions


Make sure goals being met

Department of Health and Human Services

controls FDA, CDC, and United States Public Health Service

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Responsible for safety of regulating health products and restricts product misrepresentation in health advertising

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

compiles statistics on mortality and morbidity, and
also keeps track on epidemics.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

responsible for milk and milk products

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