What Is Public Health?

“Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors…Public health saves money, improves our quality of life, helps children thrive and reduces human suffering.”


-American Public Health Association


The mission of public health is to make a positive impact on the health and welfare of the community through service, education, prevention, and collaborative activities.


Healthy People in Healthy Communities