Achievements of Public Health

Public health has a long history and has achieved many significant accomplishments since the 18th and 19th centuries. It is important to understand the history of the discipline in order to understand the philosophy, values, current structure, function, and priorities of public health. In an essay of 750 to 1,000 words, address the following elements:

How did public health begin in the United States? Describe the origins and explain the history of public health.

What are the core values and philosophy of public health?

Discuss the mission and scope of public health.

Compare and contrast to the discipline of public health to that of medicine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the 10 greatest achievements in public health. Identify and describe one key milestone in public health and how that achievement relates to the health impact pyramid.

Describe the value and significance of the selected achievement in public health today.