HSS 2321 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Prescription Drug, Gun Violence, Foodborne Illness
What is public health: the art and science of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized e orts of society (acheson, 1998). Brief history of public health: attempts to address scurvy, yellow fever, malaria in working populations because they impacted productivity. Seen in working populations, countered productivity and tried to prevent. The sanitary movement: sanitary idea the idea that people could stop the spread of disease, and that early detection would be useful (cpha, 2010) Why is public health important: for many reasons, the most compelling being that, canadians" average lifespan has increased by more than 30 years since the early. 1900s, and 25 of those years are attributable to public health advances (cpha: not medicine! 12 great achievements of public health in canada: control of infectious diseases, acting on the social determinants of health, decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke, family planning.