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What is Public Health Informatics?

What is Public Health Informatics?

While there are many definitions for public health informatics, the following succinctly defines the science and its practical application:

Public health informatics is the "…systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning."

Source: O’Carroll. In O’Carroll et al. Public health informatics and information systems, 2003

Informatics shapes public health programs by using electronic disease surveillance systems and other web‐based reporting systems to ensure the availability of critical information for making sound decisions.

Information Systems for Support of Public Health Practice

How GPHIP Works

CDC's Role

How is CDC using Informatics to Improve Public Health Systems?

Objectives of GPHIP

Why is Global Public Health Informatics important to public health?

Performance Indicators

How is GPHIP expanding its reach and leveraging its expertise in Informatics?

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Contact Information:
  • CDC
    Global Public Health Informatics Program
    1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-93
    Atlanta, GA 30333 USA
  • Phone: 404-639-3210
    Fax: 404-718-4001
  • Page last reviewed: November 7, 2012
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