local health department

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The organized public health services that relate directly to the people and their public health problems in a local community, such as a municipality or city, in contrast to regional or national public health services and ministries that serve many localities. In many countries, there is no clear definition of “local” or distinction of municipal, district, and regional public health departments. The designation is determined by population and topography.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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