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Lecture 2

HLTH 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Queens Library, Public Health, Walkerton E. Coli OutbreakPremium


Department
Health Studies
Course Code
HLTH 101
Professor
Elaine Power
Lecture
2

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HLTH 101 – Lecture 2 – Introduction to Public Health
Key Questions of Focus:
1. What is Public Health?
2. What is ideology?
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READINGS THIS WEEK:
Davidson text, chapter 1
Dr. Gary Bloch (18 mins)
Content Quizzes for weeks 1 & 2
Read Novel (first 71 pages)
WHAT IS PUBLIC HEALTH?
Main Goal: Tries to improve the health status of the population by reducing disease and early
(preventable) deaths in populations
It recognizes the importance of individual contributions to injury & disease but more interested in
understanding how to reduce of alleviate hazards by addressing underlying causes (i.e.
“upstream” not “downstream” decisions)
PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER IN ONTARIO
Walkerton Tragedy - May 2000 - E.coli contaminated water —> resulted in 7 deaths, 2500 ill
with long-term health effects
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