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Public Health in the United States: history, structure, and debates

Hudgens, Tyra (2018) Public Health in the United States: history, structure, and debates. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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This paper critically examines the literature on public health in the United States to dissect the differences between ‘public health’ as imagined and as realized. By tracing the development of U.S. public health from the time of the Marine Hospital for Merchant Seamen to Healthy People 2020 initiatives, the issues in defining ‘public health’ in the United States are shown. These issues of definition foster the continued fragmentation of U.S. public health structure and, therefore, its inability to achieve many of its stated goals. This paper contends that the difference between the everyday manifestation of public health in the United States and the vision of itself it purports, fundamentally influences the perception of public health in the United States and assessment of its achievements. The critical examination of U.S. public health that follows is of public health significance because critical self-reflection and examination of the situation of public health in the United States is key in any assessment of U.S. public health achievement.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hudgens, Tyratbh7@pitt.edutbh7
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMusante, KathleenKathleen.Musante@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 10 December 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 79
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2019 22:00
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2019 22:00


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