Health and Human Services

Last Updated: April 22, 2019

Definition - What does Health and Human Services mean?

Health and human services refers to distinct programs and services that establish the framework of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agency, providing health, public health, and human services assistance to all people but, in particular, to disadvantaged parties in society. Health and human services entails ongoing research, regulatory action, and provision of general health programs and services covering mental, physical, and communal well-being.

WorkplaceTesting explains Health and Human Services

Health and human services is defined as programs and services affording health, public health, and human services care to all people, especially, to individuals of underprivileged conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services is a federal government agency responsible for establishing public health and human services standards laying the groundwork for coordinating strategies that target many different factors associated to general health categories including physical, psychological, and community-based relations. It comprises two divisions known as human services and public health services, functioning interdependently to render common yet discrete public health and human services linked to separate agencies, such as epidemiological research funded and studied by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), or testing and approval of food products, cosmetic applications, and pharmaceuticals via Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or financing and managing substance abuse recovery programs by determining prevalence and tracking success rates followed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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