University of Glasgow program

Public Health Approaches to the End of Life

Examine the creation of ‘compassionate communities’ that seek to make care of the dying and bereaved everyone’s business.

This program is part of the MSc End of Life Studies degree offered by The University of Glasgow

Public Health Approaches to the End of Life

This course examines the rapidly growing interest in the creation of ‘compassionate communities’ that seek to make care of the dying and bereaved ‘everyone’s business’. It explores the rise of an approach in many countries around the world that seeks to complement the role of professional services, by mobilising community assets to support people in the face of death. At the same time is scrutinises the evidence for the effectiveness of this type of community intervention and the extent to which it is sustainable. Case examples, such as the neighbourhood networks in Palliative Care (Kerala, India) and Compassionate Inverclyde (Scotland, UK) will be examined in detail. The course also examines related forms of community intervention – such as the interest in death cafes and death doulas – that are emerging in many contexts around the world.


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Who will you learn with?

I am the Lead for the End of Life Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert Program at the University of Glasgow. I am a medical anthropologist who is interested in interdisciplinary research on the end of life.

I am Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Director of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group. I am a social and visual anthropologist and specialise in cultural aspects of ageing and dying.

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