American Public Health Association
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Who are Public Health professionals?

Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring 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. Public health professionals are also concerned with limiting health disparities and a large part of their work entails advocating for health care equity, quality, and accessibility.


Catherine Maybury