15 Stunning Public Health Infographics

The field of public health is full interesting challenges. At home and abroad, public health issues are becoming increasingly important. We know that our policies have bearing on our health, and our choices can impact our health.

Additionally, we also know that around the world others don’t have the same access to public health facilities and information. There is a lot of information out there about the distributing of health resources, as well as information here at home about the threats we face to our health. If you are interested in information about public health, there are some great infographics that can illustrate different statistics. Here are 15 public health infographics:

Diseases and Health Conditions

Around the world, there are disease threats. Here are some public health inforgraphics that take a look at diseases around the world.

  1. Progress Against Polio: In the U.S., we’re used to thinking of polio as a disease that no longer exists. However, in other countries, mostly in Third World countries, polio is still a very real threat. In some cases, the disease is still endemic. You can look at this infographic, which includes great color contrast, to easily see where there are still pockets of polio. A great infographic that indicates what we might need to do next.
  2. A Look at ‘Preventable’ Deaths & Diseases: This infographic takes a look at different diseases, and how they can be prevented. Looks at some of the deaths that could have been prevented, diseases that can be prevented, and medical errors that can be deadly. And interesting infographic that really puts disease and public health into perspective. It’s clear that, in some cases, there are diseases that do not have to affect us.
  3. Cancer: This infographic shares information about cancer, and the types that there are. It looks at the public health numbers behind cancer, including who is likely to contract cancer, and who is likely to die from the disease. It also includes common types of fatal cancer, and other facts about cancer. If you want to learn more about this disease, and how it impacts public health, this is a great infographic.
  4. Malaria: This tropical disease affects millions of people each year. Even if you visit a tropical area, there is chance that you could contract malaria. It still constitutes a global public health concern. If you want more information about malaria, this great infographic at World Vision can provide you with solid information and facts abou malaria and its effects.

Life Expectancy and Mortality Rate

Indications of public health in an area can be seen in terms of life expectancy and mortality rate — especially infant mortality rate.

  1. USA Life Expectancy: Learn more about the life expectancy in the U.S. by state. An interesting break down of where you can expect to live longest. Hawaii has the highest life expectancy. Its laid back vibe and very agreeable climate are likely reasons for the high life expectancy rate. It’s an interesting infographic that really puts things into perspective. You can live eight years longer if you live in Hawaii instead of the District of Columbia.
  2. Life Expectancy and Health Care Costs: This eye opening infographic created a storm when National Geographic released it. It looks at health care costs and life expectancy. The U.S. spends more than anyone else on health care, doesn’t have universal health coverage, and has a life expectancy that is less than many other developed countries. An interesting public health infographic — if only for the controversy it sparked.
  3. Life expectancy in America: Takes a look at life expectancy in the U.S. among different groups. Takes a look at different risk factors, regions and ethnic groups. It’s an interesting look at years gained by avoid risk factors, and looks at life expectancy by gender as well as ethnic group. Some interesting surprises, and an interesting look at how income can indicate a higher expectation of risk factors.
  4. Child Mortality Rates Infographic: Interested in child mortality around the world? Mortality is considered a public health indicator. This infographic shares interesting information on the rate of child deaths around the world. It’s an interesting infographic, and one that provides reliable information about child death — and what causes it.

Lifestyle Habits

Smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity are all lifestyle habits that can contribute to different aspects of public health. Here are some great infographics on lifestyle habits.

  1. The Global Obesity Problem: Obesity isn’t just a growing problem in the United States; it affects other countries as well. Indeed, the lifestyle habits that lead to obesity can also lead to other health problems. Diseases like heart disease, diabetes and cancer are all linked to obesity in some ways. This infographic looks at the obesity rates around the world. It is true that the U.S. has the highest rate of obesity, but other countries are catching up.
  2. The Fries that Bind Us and The Magic Bean Shop: Princeton offers a look at two different infographics describing the place of McDonald’s and Starbucks in public health implications that are related to the foods they show. Sometimes we forget how much sugar Starbucks coffee has, and the lack of nutritional value in McDonald’s food. An eye-opening infographic that provides an interesting look at the way we eat — and how it is being exported around the world.
  3. Global Tobacco Trade: Follow the path of cigarettes throughout the world. Information on tobacco, where it comes from, and where it goes. It also includes stats about smoking, as well as the dangerous and unhealthy chemicals found in cigarettes. Includes information on this dangerous lifestyle habit, including the impacts of second hand smoke on others. A fascinating ingraphic from the folks at Princeton University.
  4. The Truth About Alcoholism: Alcohol abuse can cause significant impact on personal and public health. The deaths caused by alcohol related accidents each year are a problem, and, of course, there are liver problems, cancer and other diseases that can grow from alcoholism. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it isn’t actually a public health problem.

Health Care

Finally, the quality of health care received has great bearing on public health. These infographics look at health care facts and figures.

  1. Global Health Indicators: Are We Better or Worse Off Now?: A great infographic put together with information from a report issued by the World Health Organization. Executive Healthcare published the infographic, which includes a great deal of information, including information about health care workers, access to health care, and sanitation. Additionally, includes other health indicators, like mortality rates and life expectancy. It’s meant to monitor health progress around the world.
  2. Health Care Capabilities: Where will you get access to health care facilities? This infographic looks at access to health care, and the existence of acceptable health care capabilities, around the world. It’s an interesting look at at where you can find the health care you need. It has great implications in terms of figuring out where more health care services are needed — and helping you decide what sort of evacuation you might need if you get sick in some countries.
  3. Health Reform and the Uninsured: A look at health reform in America, and the uninsured. Many consider a rising number of uninsured a public health issue. And with health care reform possibly being repealed, many are wondering what’s next.
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