The ethics of changing social norms

This blog is all about population level health, but populations are made up of individuals, and there are times when this can cause a dilemma for some of us. Preventing many diseases involves individuals behaving in a certain way. Health behaviour is determined by many things: our environment (as discussed in my first post) our…

Health is a human right

The aim of public health is to improve the health of populations. It focuses upstream, on preventing ill-health and promoting environments where full health can be achieved. However, public health is traditionally part of the medical profession, a subject that takes a very individual approach to health and disease. While this is entirely suitable for the…