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Introduction to Public Health

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Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private communities, and individuals.” — CEA Winslow

This introductory public health course provides an overview of public health core functions and essential services.

Course Topics

  • Key public health terms
  • Historical developments from four public health perspectives
  • Determinants of health and their effects on population health

Supplemental Materials

Available Materials

Slide Presentation

Cover slide for Introduction to Public Health presentation These slide sets are in the public domain and may be downloaded and customized as needed by the user for informational or educational purposes. Permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not required, but citation of the source is appreciated.

Suggested Citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at:

E-learning Course

Introduction to Public Health e-learning graphic Those interested in an interactive experience can take this e-learning course covering the material contained in the slides.