We have all had the privilege of listening to eminent and wise people talking about their public health vision and health in the coming century. I wish to reiterate that public health will not only continue to be important in the future, but will, in fact, be even more essential. Also, I would like to build on the points stated by previous speakers.

For the purpose of this discussion, I am using "public health" as a broad term, to include related disciplines called by various names in India and elsewhere. I am using all the terms - public health, preventive medicine, social and preventive medicine, community medicine, and community health - as synonyms. [To view this article, please download the PDF.]