What Is The Importance Of Public Health

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Public health has positively impacted our communities, allowing for greater health and a reduction of disease throughout the world. According to the Center of Disease and Prevention Control, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of a healthy lifestyle, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.” Moreover, the notion of public health is concerned with protecting the health of populations, regardless of size.
The role of data collection, statistics, use of map, and graphs significantly influenced the development of public health in various ways. “Data collection is defined as the ongoing systematic collection, analysis,
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In addition, paving roads was also important because it made them easier to clean and to reduce illnesses. Through this act, vaccinations were now being to required and it reduced the morbidity of diseases.
I believe this act was beneficial to growing communities such as, London because before the act, it was overcrowded and there was a lack of sanitation. The Health Act clearly pin pointed the needs and problems of the city and like previously mentioned, they implemented better functioning drainage and sewerage to reduce cholera.
Although public health was beneficial, it was disapproved by many people. Because public health aimed at improving the overall health of people, many people believed it was against Darwinism. According to the article Eugenics and Public Health in American History, “Many eugenicist regard disease as nature’s way of weeding out the unfit.” Moreover, they believed that improving sanitation, hygiene, and medicine would interfere with natural selection, allowing the weaker people to survive. Public health officials concluded that reductions in illnesses were due to their “new preventative techniques based on bacteriology and immunology, form water filtrations to vaccinations” (Pernick). There was a section in the same article that I found interesting, it discussed that the theory that tuberculosis was hereditary was disproved yet, eugenicists still believed it was hereditary, regardless of the new information or
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