Public health informatics is the application of information science and technology to public health practices, medical research, and planning. The Internet plays a key role in the continued evolution of health informatics and is closely knit to the planning, development, and implementation of public health systems.

  • Explain why the knowledge of traditional public health disciplines such as epidemiology, biostatistics, or toxicology, in itself, is insufficient to plan, develop, and implement information systems in public health practice. Support your answer with appropriate scholarly references.
  • Identify and describe 3–5 variables that are necessary for a public health informatics data set. Support your answer with appropriate scholarly references.

Write your response in a minimum of 300–400 words, providing relevant references. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.


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