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Why Public Health Matters

I received a couple of requests to define "public health" last week from readers Anthro and MA. As MA puts it,

Maybe ... we need a definition of "public health." I view my health as a private matter, my food choices as a private matter, and an expression of my freedom. To me, public health is not an individual concern, it's a corporate (group) concern—government, schools, companies, farms, etc. Public health includes things like properly working sewer systems, sanitation, water quality, and air quality. Marion—can we get a definition of 'public health' from you, as Anthro suggested?

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