Precision Public Health
Introduction—Old and New
Editorial Article published by Frontiers in Public Health, 30 April 2018
Tarun Stephen Weeramanthri, Hugh J. S. Dawkins, Gareth Baynam, Matthew Bellgard, Ori Gudes and James Bernard Semmens
Traditional public health practice has had a central reliance on data, and the core discipline of epidemiology, in order to inform health policy and priority setting, drive health improvement across whole populations, and target disadvantaged populations. Core public health activities include risk factor and disease surveillance, screening, development of interventions, assurance, and evaluation. Since the 1970s, New Public Health has also emphasized community engagement, health promotion, partnerships, and advocacy.