Learning our way into the future public health: a proposition

Hanlon, P., Carlisle, S., Hannah, M., Lyon, A. and Reilly, D. (2011) Learning our way into the future public health: a proposition. Journal of Public Health, 33(3), pp. 335-342. (doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdr061)

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This article attempts to bridge the gap between the values and skills that currently inform public health and those that we need to confront the future. We draw on a set of radical arguments. Firstly, the ability of modern people to understand, predict and control the natural world has brought many benefits but evidence is accumulating that the methods and mindsets of modernity are subject to diminishing returns and adverse effects. This is manifest in the rise of new epidemics: obesity, addiction-related harm, loss of well-being, rising rates of depression and anxiety and widening inequalities. Secondly, there is little evidence that people are embracing new forms of thinking or practice, despite other threats which have the potential for massive effects on many lives, such as climate change and peak oil. Thirdly, if the problems we face may indicate that modernity is in decline because unsustainable, then profound change is necessary if we are to avoid collapse. This analysis suggests that public health needs a new approach. We set out propositions and models that could help us learn our way into the future.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanlon, Professor Philip and Carlisle, Dr Sandra
Authors: Hanlon, P., Carlisle, S., Hannah, M., Lyon, A., and Reilly, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
Journal Name:Journal of Public Health
ISSN (Online):1741-3850

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