Introduction to Public Health Informatics

“Public health informatics is the systematic application of information, computer science, and technology to public health practice, research, and learning.” — Public Health Informatics: Improving and Transforming Public Health in the Information Age

These materials provide an overview of the importance of public health informatics and its role in public health.



  • Definition of informatics
  • Key components of public health informatics
  • Role of the informatician in public health practice
  • Difference between public health informatics and information technology

Available Materials

Slide Presentation

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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:

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