WHAT IS EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH?
Evidence based public health is the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health through application of principles of scientific reasoning. The process involves integrating science-based interventions with community preferences to improve the health of populations. Underneath the umbrella of an evidence-based framework is making program and policy decisions based on the best scientific evidence. This process is referred to as evidence-based decision making (EBDM).
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EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH AS A PROCESS
EBPH provides the framework for making evidence-based policy and program decisions. The process of EBPH is referred to as evidence-based decision making (EBDM). EBPH involves applying program planning and quality improvement frameworks; engaging the community in assessment and decision making; adapting and implementing evidence-based interventions for specific populations or settings; conducting sound evaluation; and disseminating evaluation findings to improve programs and policies.