Public health is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field that combines clinical, behavioral, and societal strategies to improve the well-being of individuals and societies. It is therefore of great relevance to the study, prevention, and treatment of trauma. Like the field of social work, with which it overlaps, public health focuses on mental health and psychosocial well-being, and is concerned with the “state of complete physical and emotional well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity,” as defined by the World Health Organization. Public health also overlaps with the professional fields of medicine, public policy, and law. In contrast to the field of social work, the field of public health concerns itself with physical as well as mental and psychological concerns. In contrast to medicine, public ...

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