Orientation to Public Health for Students. September 2011. Welcome to Public Health. This presentation will provide you with an overview of: What is public health Who works in public health What public health professionals do
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This presentation will provide you with an overview of:
S A R S
Acute care hospitals (Primary Care)
Public health (Primary Health Care)
Focus is on Prevention
Patients are families, communities and entire populations
Diagnosis – epidemiological studies and community input
Treatment – Education, inspection, advocacy, clinical services, vaccination, media communication
Focus is on Treatment
Patients are individuals and families
Diagnosis – physical exams and tests
Treatment – Medication, surgery and therapy
Population Health Assessment
Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Division, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Public Health Standards have established program standards in five main areas:
Therefore in public health we need to ask ourselves key questions when thinking about and planning our programs and services:
Equity in health implies that ideally everyone could attain their full health potential and that no one should be disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.
Whitehead, M. & Dahlgren, G. (2006)
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