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What is health protection? 

What is health protection?
What is health protection?

Sam Ghebrehewet

, Alex G. Stewart

, and Ian Rufus

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date: 20 April 2018

Health Protection is one of the core fields of public health work. It can be defined as: “The protection of individuals, groups and populations through expert advice and effective collaboration to prevent and mitigate the impact of infectious disease, environmental, chemical and radiological threats.” This chapter concisely sets out the breadth and nature of health protection practice across its three domains: communicable disease control, emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR), and environmental public health. The development of these domains and the scope of health protection are illustrated by a brief history of its development in England. The role of a specialist health protection service is also described.

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