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The environment and health

Ever since the Greek philosopher Hippocrates wrote Airs, Waters and Places in 400 BCE, people have known about the influence of the physical environment on health. In the nineteenth century, …

Course acknowledgements

Many thanks from the course team! Lead Educators: Alex Mold and Suzanne Taylor Course initiation and content design: Alex Mold, Suzanne Taylor, Joanna Stroud and Jessica Petz Course Production: Alex …

Next steps

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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 …

Legislating for behaviour change

The introduction of regulations to help benefit public health was not just confined to prohibition or taxation. Other kinds of mechanisms could be used to. In this Step, we examine …

Restricted use

One of the strongest levers available to governments to encourage behaviour change and improve public health is to restrict the use of certain products thought to cause harm. In this …

Tax and price

In this video James Nicholls discusses the use of tax and price to influence behaviour, especially in relation to the consumption of alcohol. Throughout the video he refers to units …

Love, humour and consumerism

In this Step we will look at a series of public health posters from the 1960s through to the 1990s. We will learn about how feelings of love, humour and …

Shock and horror

In this Step we explore some health education tactics used throughout the 1970s-1990s to elicit behaviour change. Here we see examples of various health education posters that attempted to shock …

What solutions were on offer?

In this Step we survey the solutions available to deal with public health problems in the post-war period. How did public health policymakers and practitioners combat the changing nature of …

Summary of Week 2

We have reached the end of Week 2. We now know more about the different types of challenges that public health faced in post-war Britain. We looked at the role …

The politics of inequalities and health

What has been the impact of social inequality on public health? To what extent have environmental and social factors helped to generate public health challenges? In this Step Professor Virginia …

HIV/AIDS

Just when epidemic disease appeared to have declined, HIV/AIDS emerged to provide a new set of challenges to public health. In this Step Professor Virginia Berridge, Director of the Centre …

Vaccines

This week we are considering how public health dealt with infectious disease. In this step Gareth Millward discusses the introduction of safe, effective vaccines, but also lingering public resistance as …