The World Health Organization (WHO) states:
Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life among the population as a whole. Its activities aim to provide conditions in which people can be healthy and focus on entire populations, not on individual patients or diseases. Thus, public health is concerned with the total system and not only the eradication of a particular disease.1
Kipruto Kirwa conducted a four-month research placement at DLSPH under Professor Donald Cole in 2010. Kirwa is now a PhD Candidate at Brown University, another
AMPATH Consortium member.
AMPATH took a population-based approach to developing one of the most successful anti-retroviral therapy (ART) programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2009 we have been building on this success to bring primary health care to the entire population of western Kenya, 3.5 million people.
Public health expertise in biostatics, epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, social and behavioural health sciences and public health policy is helping to AMPATH support the development of a robust primary health care program throughout western Kenya.
As with all AMPATH programming, we strive to integrate care (clinical public health) with education and research.
1. WHO. (2015). Public health.