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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsALEX MOLD: Hello, and welcome to our course, A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain. My name is Alex Mold, and I'm your lead educator. I'm also deputy director of the Centre for History and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsSUZANNE TAYLOR: And I'm Suzanne Taylor, co-lead educator and a research fellow in the centre.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 secondsALEX MOLD: Historical approaches can offer a unique perspective on current public health problems, policy, and practise. By understanding where public health has come from, we can better understand why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsSUZANNE TAYLOR: Over the next three weeks, you will hear from a range of experts on key aspects of the post-war history of public health in Britain. Using videos, articles, quizzes, and discussions, we will explore big questions like, what did public health in post-war Britain look like? What challenges did public health face? And what solutions were offered to meet these challenges? We will explore the answers to these questions by drawing your attention to a number of examples from our history, such as public health's response to lifestyle-related conditions, like smoking and lung cancer, but also the appearance of new infectious diseases, like HIV/AIDS.

Skip to 1 minute and 18 secondsALEX MOLD: We anticipate that you will be a diverse group of learners with a wealth of knowledge and experience. We encourage you to participate in course discussions, sharing your thoughts, perceptions, and personal experiences with each other. We very much look forward to learning with you over the coming weeks.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to our course, the history of public health in post-war Britain. Your lead educators are Dr. Alex Mold, Associate Professor in history, and Dr. Sue Taylor, research fellow in contemporary history of public health, both are members of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Let’s get started!

What will we learn?

During the next three weeks, we will address changes and continuity in the understanding and implementation of public health in post-war Britain. We will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What did public health in post-war Britain look like?
  • What challenges did public health face?
  • What solutions were offered to these public health challenges?

To answer these questions public health and history experts from a range of backgrounds, will provide their insight and reflections on these issues.

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We hope you find the course material informative and engaging. We very much look forward to learning with you throughout this course.

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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

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