The UK Faculty of Public Health believe public health is:
The science and art of promoting and protecting health and well-being, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.
IPH agree with this and that public health is
- is population based
- emphasises collective responsibility for health, its protection and disease prevention
- recognises the key role of the state, linked to a concern for the underlying socio-economic and wider determinants of health, as well as disease
- emphasises partnerships with all those who contribute to the health of the population.