Why is Public Health important?

The work of public health professionals is important because public health initiatives affect people every day in every part of the world. It addresses broad issues that can affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, populations, and societies - both now, and for generations to come.

Public health’s programs help keep people alive. These programs have led to:

  • Increased life expectancies
  • Worldwide reductions in infant and child mortality
  • Eradication or reduction of many communicable diseases

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