We think about our health. It’s very personal and we constantly make choices. What happens when we stop thinking about our own health and try to think about public health. The health of whole communities consisting of millions of people?
This day-school will explore some critical ideas that we need to embrace if we wish to understand the decisions that are made by Public Health England, NIHCE, the NHS and the Government.
The course will begin by exploring what we mean by public health. We will explore how to think about large numbers of people. The challenges and possibilities of data on this scale, the advantages of the NHS and what happens when you have to pay for it.
The second session will introduce non-infectious disease. We will look at cancer and discuss what causes cancer and what the evidence looks like. By looking at the British doctor’s survey we will discover the scope and limitations of even a successful study.
The third session deals with screening. How do we screen people in the context of cancer? We will explore cervical screening, prostate screening and breast screening. What can you achieve and what harms can you do?
The final session will introduce infectious disease. We will think about how you identify the causative agent and the possible challenges. We will explore testing and its pitfalls and look at the possibilities and perils of testing for COVID.