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Welcome to your Library Subject Guide

In this guide you will find many resources to help your study and research in the field of Public Health. There are also a range of learning tools that will allow you to develope your research and study skills.

This subject guide is by all mean not an exhaustive guide and is intended to be used by student as a guide to help students in their search for information. Students are encouraged to explore more on the topics as they go along in their search for information. Before starting on a research, it is useful for student to understanding what you want to write and to get clear understanding of terms or keywords. 

To search for your assignment is, look up the library online catalog known as eclik at

User may choose search options such as Author, Title, Subject or Keyword Search.



What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country.

Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occuring through implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions and conducting research, in contrast to clinical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. It is also a field that is concerned with limiting health disparties and a large part of public health is the fight for health care equity, quality and accessibility. The field of public health is highly varies and encompasses many adademic discplines.

It is aimed at all public health practitioners and researchers and those who manage public health services and systems. This includes public health doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, demographers, epidemologistsm health education and promotion specialists, environmental health specialists, and other specialists and scientists in the field of public health. It will also be of interest to anyone involved in provision of public health programmes, the care of populations or communities and those who contribute to public health systems in any way.



What is Public Health


A bit of history

One of the earliest notable, public health practitioners was a physican called John Snow. During a high mortality cholera outbreak in London in the mid-19th century, he narrowed down the source of the infection to one particular well. This logic went against a lot of the received wisdom of the day concerning disease transmission. Dr Snow famously removed the handle of the well pump - making it inoperable - and therefore managed to control the spread of the disease.

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