The study of the principles and practices of protecting, promoting, maintaining and restoring the health of the community. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the goals of public health including the promotion of health and the prevention of disease, premature death and disease-induced discomfort and disability in the population. It also involves developing an understanding of environmental factors affecting health.
Public Health develops skills in:
- advising on measures to reduce injury and disease
- educating the community on health risks, safety procedures and techniques
- evaluating, observing and recognising factors that may cause illness in the workplace and the community.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics