Continuing Education

Public Health Dialogues

While U.S. investments in health overwhelmingly focus on individual behavior and biomedical practices the biggest improvements in health over the past century have been due to structural public health efforts that resulted in improved social and economic conditions. For example, food storage, sanitation, safe jobs that pay a decent wage, a clean environment, or affordable, safe housing. If these are the improved conditions that resulted in better population health we hope to stimulate a dialogue on how to move health efforts and societal initiatives closer to addressing other big social and economic determinants of health.

The Public Health Dialogues speaker series incorporates a political economy approach to public health. Political economy is the study of the role of economic processes in shaping society and history. A political economy approach to public health incorporates the study of disease patterns, causation, and solutions integrated with class analysis to understand society and history in the context of political, cultural, and environmental processes, as well as other economic processes.

Event-Management Guidelines and Call for Speakers

If you are planning an event, please be aware that the Office of Public Health Practice and Workforce Development (OPHPWD) offers many services and the financial support that will make implementation much easier.