Evidence-based public health: an evolving concept

Am J Prev Med. 2004 Dec;27(5):417-21. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2004.07.019.


Evidence-based public health (EBPH) has been proposed as a practice model that builds upon the success of evidence-based medicine (EBM). EBM has been described as a more scientific and systematic approach to the practice of medicine. It has enhanced medical training and practice in many settings. Both EBM and EBPH systematically use data, information, and scientific principles to enhance clinical care and population health, respectively. In this paper, we review the evolution of EBPH, propose a new definition for EBPH, and discuss developments that may support its further advancement.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Public Health*
  • Total Quality Management
  • United States