Definition of public health in US English:

public health


  • 1The health of the population as a whole, especially as the subject of government regulation and support.

    ‘chlorine has been used to disinfect water supplies to protect public health’
    as modifier ‘a public health risk’
    • ‘In the area of public health, government spending will actually decrease.’
    • ‘America is one of the few places on the planet where obesity has become a public-health epidemic.’
    • ‘Outbreaks of yellow fever and cholera increased the role of city government in public-health matters.’
    • ‘We need a major investment in our public health systems.’
    • ‘Air pollution arising from transport and industrial emissions has a major effect on public health.’
    • ‘The cost of living is very high in a state that straddles the Arctic Circle, especially in transportation and public health.’
    • ‘She was the first person in the English-speaking world to apply statistics to public health.’
    • ‘This is a serious public health matter.’
    • ‘There has been much discussion of the dangers of the anti-MMR campaign to public health.’
    • ‘One in ten Britons can expect to suffer from diabetes by 2010 as the full impact of the country's soaring levels of obesity takes its toll on public health.’
    • ‘The threat of a flu epidemic is one of many problems facing scientists and public health authorities.’
    • ‘With most US residents spending 90 percent of their time indoors, indoor air pollution has a significant impact on public health.’
    • ‘Since 1998, pre-paid water meters have been outlawed in Britain as a threat to public health.’
    • ‘Public-health history has emphasized the importance of efforts to control pathogens.’
    • ‘These limited enforcement funds seriously weaken government's ability to enforce laws passed to protect public health and natural resources.’
    • ‘We already spend a great deal on public health.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of medicine dealing with public health, including hygiene, epidemiology, and disease prevention.
      ‘these diseases are of great interest in the field of public health’