Which definition of public or population health should providers use?
The ACCME does not require providers to use a particular definition of public or population health. As one suggestion, a 1988 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report offered a condensed definition of public health as “fulfilling society’s interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy.” (Committee for the Study of the Future of Public Health, 1988, p.19) [Institute of Medicine (1988). The Future of Public Health. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.]