Chapter 2

The Success of Public Health Programs: Critical Factors

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the major accomplishments of public health departments in the United States
  • Become aware of the history and development of public health departments in this country
  • Understand the value of health education programs in the prevention of disease
  • Recognize the need for training and development of public health leadership

Most people have minimal awareness of the role public health departments, or agencies, play in maintaining the health and longevity of Americans. This is because these departments usually receive very little publicity unless there is a serious health problem. In fact, most Americans associate public health departments with their work ...

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