Learning with us

If this is your first course, please review the Using FutureLearn guide for an introduction to learning with FutureLearn.

How will we learn?

Throughout our three weeks together we will use articles, mini-lectures, and interviews with experts in the field to highlight some of the key issues and thinking around public health in post-war Britain. We encourage you to assess your learning through quizzes and share your experiences and views through discussion with fellow learners and the course team. Some steps include reference lists and supplementary reading that you may find useful for further study.

How will I learn?

There is no single way to approach the course that guarantees success. The way you learn depends on many factors and will not necessarily be the same as everyone else. However, in order to maintain enthusiasm and gain confidence about your studies, why not take a more active role within the course? You could:

  • Take notes on course steps. Which aspects of the material are most interesting to you and why? Is there anything you have struggled to understand? Why might that be?
  • Analyse connections between the current step and previous ones to help build a clearer picture of a topic
  • Ask yourself questions about what you’re learning and how it relates to your own experiences
  • Discuss your learning with others and consider how you can apply new knowledge, either in your personal life or a professional situation
  • Explain what you have learned to others if they are struggling.

In summary, one great way to figure out how to learn is to think about it.

Join the discussion

Almost every step has space for conversation and debate: the Comments area. While Discussion steps feature more focused conversational tasks, anyone can talk about material within each step’s Comments area. We will regularly prompt you to share your thoughts and ideas with questions or suggestions at the end of a step. You can contribute to these conversations as and when you are able to. You can also bookmark comments if you want to refer back to anything anyone has said which particularly interests you.

You might like to read six tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to help you get the most out the platform’s social features.

Re-using course materials

If you’re an educator or work in an aligned field, we encourage you to download, adapt, and re-use the content from this course for teaching and learning purposes.

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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine