Yes that’s right, Public Health.
This is about, believe it or not – the health of the public. Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yet when I tell people I want to work in this field they usually ask “What’s that?”
It encompasses so many factors… preventing ill health, monitoring health, and improving health. But what actually affects our health? What food we eat? Yes. If we exercise? Yes. If we drink plenty of water? Yes. But it’s also affected by other factors, for example the amount of money invested into the NHS, waiting lists on support services, our education, history, even where we live.
I want to work in public health because it affects everybody. You, me, your family, your friends, even the guy you bought your coffee from this morning.
As a young person starting my career in this line of work, i’m overwhelmed, excited and scared for the future of public health. I’m writing this blog to explore all things which can affect an individual’s health. I hope to learn what’s improving this and what isn’t and if there’s anything we can do as people to improve the health of ourselves and those around us.
Watch this space…