First course in Health Promotion?

3 years 10 months ago - 3 years 10 months ago #64 by lwilson

The response was posted by Coni Chapela (México) on 06/06/2012.

¡How important to ask this question!
In México, in the Popular Movement of Health Promotion initiated in the 1970 decade, we held programmes
named: health promotion or training for health promoters. These courses existed in other Latin American
countries such as Guatemala. In the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana – Xochimilco in México, during the 70’s
there was a programme module called ‘Health education’; in the sixties there was also a health promotion
seminar. The UAM-X HEalath Promotion Diploma started in 1993 including the Movimiento experience and some
learning from Ottawa. In the last 90’s the Health Ministry offered two times a Diploma in Health Promotion. The
term and contents did not transcend to the National Institute of Public Health until the 2000’s and the Universidad
Autónoma de la Ciudad de México opened a bachelor degree in Health Promotion around 2002.

The Popular Movement used the term Health Promotion since the late 1960’s.

Greetings and will ask to my compañeros(as).

¡Qué importante hacerse esa pregunta!

En México, en el Movimiento Nacional de Promoción de la Salud que inició en la década de 1970 dábamos cursos
que se llamaban de promoción de la salud o de formación de promotores de salud. Estos cursos existían en otros
países Latinoamericanos. En la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco en la década de 1970 había un
módulo en la carrera de medicina que se llamaba 'Educación para la Salud' y posteriormente un taller en la década
de 1980 que se llamaba 'promoción de la salud'. Para 1993 inició el Diplomado en Promoción de la Salud con el
aprendizaje del Movimiento Nacional más algunos insumos de Ottawa. La secretaría de salud impartió un
diplomado de promoción de la salud para la formación de funcionarios a finales de la década de 1990. El término
y los contenidos no trascendieron al Instituto de Salud Pública sino hasta ya entrado el 2000 y la Universidad
Autónoma de la Ciudad de México inicia una licenciatura en promoción de la salud también como en el 2002.

En el movimiento se usaba el término antes de Ottawa, desde finales de la década de 1960

Saludos y preguntaré a mis compañeros(as).



Lianne Wilson
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3 years 10 months ago #65 by lwilson

The response was posted by Bojana Beric on 12/06/2012.

Dear All,

This is an interesting topic. I know my response is not a direct answer to the question posed, but it may lead us to an answer for Yugoslavia.

On that note, I'd like to contribute some information about Health Education existing in Yugoslavia in early 1950's which I found in Health Education Monograph published in 1977. At the suggestion of a seasoned colleague recently, I found an article "Preliminary report on a joint US-Yugoslavia five-year comprehensive Health Education research project carried out in Yugoslavia" the author was William A. Betts, Dr.P.H., Community Health Services Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Interesting information: the project was planned to test the efficacy of health education integrated in primary health care services in a rural area in South East Serbia. The study began in September of 1972 and was supposed to end in 1978. According to Betts, Health Education has been active in Yugoslavia since 1951, when WHO proposed the program to all governments. The Institute for Health Education in Serbia, an institution of the Ministry of Health, was responsible for policy, professional training, and research in health education. This what he is describing here is the Batut Institute in Belgrade, still standing and a leader in health promotion (not health education any more) locally, in Belgrade and in Serbia, today.

Since I graduated from Medical Faculty in Novi Sad, Vojvodina (province of Serbia) Yugoslavia, and the study was done in South East Serbia, this was a new information for me, but it would be nice to hear if anyone from Medical Faculty or other nursing schools, perhaps, in Belgrade could recall any courses that prepared nurses - community health visitors - as they are called in the paper. The nurses had to complete two years intensive training in health education, organized by the Institute for Health Education.

In preparation for MD degree, our curriculum included Social Medicine, Epidemiology, Workplace Medicine, Hygiene, etc., courses concerned with policy and prevention of disease in groups, but not health promotion as a course.

What are the courses called in 1970's or better yet, when did the "health education" become a "health promotion" in Yugoslavia, or later in Serbia, or the Region?


Lianne Wilson

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3 years 10 months ago #66 by lwilson

The response was posted by PETER HOWAT on 21/06/2012.

I was offered a position in Western Australia at Curtin University commencing in 1980 after having completed a PHD at the University of Illinois, USA. My main role was to develop postgraduate and undergraduate programs in Health Education / Health Promotion. I decided on the Australian position after also being offered positions in New Zealand, my homeland because I was aware that there was some excellent health education being conducted by Australians.
In 1980 I was very impressed with the commitment Australians had already made to Health Education with university courses already established ( e.g. Rob Irwin’s bachelors degree in Health Education in Canberra; a Graduate Diploma in Health Education in New South Wales, and an Associate Diploma in Health Education in Western Australia), and excellent community health education programs being conducted by State Departments of Health.

Curtin University in Western Australia offered a first year class / course (unit) called ‘Health Promotion’ in 1980.
In 1983 we changed the name of the Department of Health Education and Administration to the Department of Health Promotion, the first use of ‘Health Promotion ‘ in the name of a university department in Australia to our knowledge.
We established the first shop front Health Promotion Centre on a university campus in Australia in 1985 ( to provide health promotion practice opportunities for students), and established the first Australian university based health promotion research centre, the Western Australian Centre for Health Promotion Research in 1986.
Our bachelor’s degree with a specialisation in Health Education commenced in 1984, and was developed into a full Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) about 1987.
In 1989 we established a Distance Learning Program for our Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion; and the Certificate in Health Promotion courses. A Master of Health Promotion course followed soon after. A PhD in public Health (specialising in Health Promotion) was available about 1987.
We acknowledge the strong influence of Larry Green, Marsh Kreuter, Guy Parcel, Don Iverson and colleagues in the USA for our changes from the use of the term ‘Health Education’ to ‘Health Promotion’ in the 1980s , to better reflect the broader focus of our programs.
Best wishes

Peter Howat
Perth, Western Australia
June 2012

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3 years 10 months ago #67 by lwilson

The response was posted by Online course on 31/07/2012.

Really this question must be answered as health promotion is very essential topic that should be taught on regular intervals

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3 years 10 months ago #68 by lwilson

The response was posted by Rachael Dixey on 22/08/2012.

Just adding to Peter Duncan's comment above, Leeds Polytechnic, now Leeds Metropolitan University, offered its Health Education Masters course in 1972. I joined the department in 1991, working with Keith Tones, Sylvia Tilford and John Hubley, by which time the course had changed its name to health promotion. We were later joined by Jackie Green and Mima Cattan, among others. I am currently Professor of Health Promotion. Jane South is also a Professor here, specialising in community engagement in health promotion. I believe, with 10 specialist health promotion lecturers and 3 researchers we must still be one of the largest specialist health promotion units in a University? I will find out exactly when the course adopted 'health promotion' in its title!

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