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What is Public Health & preventive medicine?

What is public health and preventive medicine?

According to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, public health and preventive medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of populations. The public health and preventive medicine specialist uses population health knowledge and skills to play leading and collaborative roles in the maintenance and improvement of the health and well being of the community. Through inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral partnerships, the public health and preventive medicine specialist measures the health needs of populations and develops strategies for improving health and well being, through health promotion, disease prevention and health protection.

What is population health?

Population health is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups. In order to reach these objectives, it looks at and acts upon the broad range of factors and conditions, outside of the health system such as poverty, housing and systemic discrimination, that have a strong influence on our health.

Video Series: What is PHPM?

The PHPC Residents Council has produced a video series “What is PHPM?”  Thank you to those interviewees who provided excellent reflections over the course of CPHA 2015 in Vancouver.

Presentation: What is PHPM?

The following is a presentation for medical students and others interested in finding out more about careers in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  The presentation PowerPoint file is available for residents to use in the resident resources section of the website.

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