GEN-101: Public Health. Pete Walton, M.D. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs School of Public Health and Information Sciences. What is Public Health?.
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Pete Walton, M.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
“Public health is the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease, and prolonging life in the population through the organized efforts of society.”
-- World Health Organization (WHO)
science and art
in the population
organized efforts of society
Traditional Public Health
“The underlying theory of population health is that the distribution of health and disease in the population is not random and that we can identify the reasons for the non-randomness.”
Black squares are cholera deaths
The green circles are public water pumps.
What’s your interpretation of the evidence on this map?
Other Pumps (Lambeth and others)