Table 1

Key domains of public health practice

Health protectionTaking action to protect individuals against health and safety risks
Health surveillanceIdentifying health events of concern through the collection, integration, analysis, and interpretation of data, with the dissemination of the results to the appropriate people or organizations
Disease and injury preventionDeveloping interventions to reduce the likelihood or progression of disease
Population health assessmentIdentifying conditions and factors that influence the health of populations and applying this knowledge to the development of policies to improve the health of the population
Health promotionEngaging with individuals, communities, and agencies to enable people to take control of and improve their health
Disaster responseWorking with communities and agencies to prepare for emergency situations that might occur. Planning includes preparation, response, recovery, and prevention
  • Data from the Advisory Committee on Population Health3 and the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health.4