187739 Necessity of Teaching the History of Public Health from a Critical Perspective

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 9:05 AM

John P. Elia, PhD , Department of Health Education, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
It is quite common for public health professionals to receive their academic training at either the undergraduate and graduate levels without ever formally or systematically studying the history of public health. This presentation underscores why specifically critical histories of public health are imperative not only to foster an understanding the historical bases of health (in)equity and social determinants of health, but also to see how current health disparities have deep historical roots. The Main purpose of this presentation, however, is to provide examples of how an undergraduate class entitled the "critical history of public health in the U.S." approaches such a study to not only foster a deep understanding of public health issues in diverse populations, but also to cultivate (intellectual) activism. This presentation reveals relevant aspects of the content of this course as well as fosters a discussion about pedagogical approaches to the historical study of public health. Also, various forms of resistance this class faces given its unconventional approach to history are explored.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session,participants will: 1. Be able to articulate reasons for teaching the history of public health from a critical perspective; 2. Be able to describe and analyze appropriate pedagogical practices/strategies for teaching critical history of public health; and 3. Be able to identify and address potential sources of resistance due to teaching the history of public health from a critical perspective

Keywords: History, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have training in the field of history, and I developed and taught a course on the history of phublic health. I am a tenured member of a health education faculty at San Francisco State University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.