Why Public Health?
- Health issues of today connect the health of patients and populations.
- Health reform requires skills in population health.
- Physicians have a role and responsibility in improving public (population) health
- Medical students will become better doctors.
Proportional Contribution to Premature Death*
Genetics: 30%, Social: 15%, Environmental: 5%, Health Care: 10%, Behavioral: 40%
*Determinants of Health and Their Contribution to Premature Death (McGinness et al. 2002)
from Schroeder S. NEJM 357(12): 1221, 2007 (PDF)