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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds SUZANNE TAYLOR: We have now reached the end of our course, “A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain.” We hope you’ve enjoyed its content, the diversity of resources, and experts you have had access to.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 seconds ALEX MOLD: Over the last few weeks, we have heard about the range of public health challenges and solutions in post-war Britain. We have analysed the different definitions of public health, described how these developed, as well as identifying the structures, organisations, and individuals that put public health into practise.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds SUZANNE TAYLOR: You have explored the changing challenges faced by public health, including both chronic and infectious disease. We have also evaluated different solutions, such as education and regulation, that were put forward to address public health problems in post-war Britain.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds ALEX MOLD: Together, we have set contemporary public health structures, challenges, and solutions in a historical context, considering both the changes and the continuities over the last 70 years.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 seconds SUZANNE TAYLOR: We would like to thank all of you for joining our course and for participating so eagerly in discussions with both our team and your peers.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 seconds ALEX MOLD: In addition, we would also like to thank all the people who contributed to this course and helped make it a success. We hope that you enjoyed the course, and by learning about the past, you are better equipped to understand the present.

Ending remarks for the course

We hope you have enjoyed the course, and found the materials engaging!

In this last week we learned about the solutions offered to public health challenges, and looked forward to see how this history has implications for the future of public health. We discussed the role of regulations, health education and behaviour change for the management of public health problems. We also evaluated how successful these solutions were, and discussed the difficulties behind measuring their impact.

The past is not always an accurate predictor of the future: history rarely repeats itself exactly. However, there are things that we can learn from the past. As we have seen, there has been both change and continuity in the post-war history of public health. New problems, such as lifestyle-related chronic disease, have appeared, and old issues, like the impact of social inequality on health, continue. Whatever the future holds, understanding how we got to where we are today will better equip us to meet the challenges ahead.


We would like to thank all of you for taking the time to learn with us and for participating so eagerly in this course. Your insights and diverse experiences have made for some very thought-provoking conversations. We hope that regardless of your background, this course has inspired you to continue learning more about history and public health more generally.

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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

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