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Key principles and practice of health protection 

Key principles and practice of health protection

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Key principles and practice of health protection
Author(s):

Sam Ghebrehewet

, Alex G. Stewart

, and Ian Rufus

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745471.003.0003
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date: 28 April 2017

As a result of the unpredictability in time, space, and scope of health protection issues, the provision of a 24/7 local service across the three domains of health protection—communicable disease control, environmental public health, and emergency preparedness, resilience and response (EPRR)—is essential. This chapter outlines the essential principles that are applied in the organization, development, and delivery of all three domains of health protection, whether dealing with individual issues and cases or large incidents and outbreaks: (1) planning and preparedness; (2) prevention and early detection; (3) investigation and control; and (4) wider public health management and leadership (including communication to professionals and the public). It also describes how these principles translate into key elements of health protection practice across the three domains. An integrated public health risk assessment that embraces an all hazards approach to risk assessment is also discussed.

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