Health Policy Manag.  2016 Dec;26(4):265-270. 10.4332/KJHPA.2016.26.4.265.

Strategy for Strengthening Community-Based Public Health Policy

  • 1Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea.


Public health system for more prevention-oriented health promotion rather than hospital-based curative service, focusing population rather than individual, and comprehensive health management in the local community strongly needs to be constructed to solve major issues on efficiencies and equity problems which Korean healthcare system is facing nowadays. Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Medical care tries to cure those who have diseases, but public health tries not to become ill and not to be injured. Debates on how we build or rebuild public health system, which is contrasted with medical care system, are needed in Korea, focusing how needs for healthy community and right to health are fulfilled. Public health specialists for practising population health at local community level should be systematically recruited, the function of public health centers should be strengthened, and new government organization should be established for place-based health management.


Public health system; Public health specialists; Healthcare system; Population health
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