A Career in Public Health

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There is no doubt, with the advances in technology as a population we are continuing to live longer; yet with the cost of medical care constantly on the rise, is it any wonder an industry would develop out of the concept of “preventative” maintenance? We are all too aware of this concept. Everyone from large corporations who strive to maintain their expensive equipment in an attempt to secure the bottom line, to the local neighbor who would rather afford the costs of preventative maintenance over the expense of replacing a broken down vehicle. To that effect, automobile manufacturers have even begun to include major necessary “preventative maintenance” items in owner’s manuals. For instance, I have to replace the timing belt and water pump every 75k miles in my Nissan. Interestingly enough, while we were focused on maintaining our cars and everything else around us, somehow we forgot to consider our most valuable and complex asset, our bodies. How is it that the maintenance of a human health and its performance got over looked and left to fall through the cracks? The need for public health specialists… Until recent years, the thought of individuals not only living to their 80’s and 90’s but having vibrant lives, was concept that did not appear to go hand-in-hand. However, today the thought is not only real but, the concept of it and, relevance of “quality of life” is most important. Having a healthful life both before and well into the twilight years is more important than ever before. Therefore, the demand for public health specialists and the need of educators and health advocacy is even greater. So, what is public health…? The concept of public health is not a foreign one; it ultimately emerged from the practi... ... middle of paper ... ...sible behavior may put many of us, knowingly or unknowingly, at greater risk that can possibly lead us to a dark place. If this trend is allowed to continue or a revelation through education suffices and people start making their health a priority, one thing is for sure, the future of the public health professional is not only bright but it will only continue to get brighter. Sources: 1. www.whatispublichealth.org/what/index.html; Title: What is Public Health 2. www.healthstate.mn.us/pathways/specialtyareas.html ; Title: Public Health Career Specialty Areas; Sub-Specialties of Public Health 3. www.whatispublichealth.org/faqs/index; Title: What is Public Health? – Frequently Asked Questions 4. www.pzfizerpublichealth.com/publichealthbooks.aspx 5. www.whatispublichealth.org/impact/achievement.html; Title: What is Public Health? – Impact of Public Health
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