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A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn


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History can offer us a unique insight into the public health problems, policies, and practices of the past, and is of critical importance to our understanding of healthcare in the contemporary world.

This online course will offer you an opportunity to bring the past into conversation with the present, enabling you to set the changing nature of public health in post-war Britain in context with changes seen today.

Learners from across the world who are intrigued by the history of public health in Britain. No prior knowledge or expertise in the area is needed, although you may be a student, professional, or individual with an interest in an aligned field, such as healthcare, medicine, public health, local government, history, or science.


  • What did public health in post war Britain look like?
    • Introduction
    • Defining public health
    • Public health structures
    • Who was responsible for public health?
  • What challenges did public health face?
    • The changing nature of public health challenges
    • Chronic Disease
    • Infectious disease
    • Health inequalities and the environment
  • What solutions were offered to public health challenges?
    • Solutions
    • Health Education
    • Regulation
    • Changes and continuities
    • Goodbye


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