The Centre for History in Public Health (CHiPH) was established in 2003, with its origins in the AIDS Social History Programme at LSHTM in the late 1980s. Its location within a multidisciplinary public health institution is unique and keeps it firmly in the forefront of historical research into public health and health services. Historical understanding is of central relevance to an understanding of public health in the present. Current developments cannot be understood without a knowledge of the past.
The Centre reaches across the School in all its activities and many are conducted jointly with other Centres in the School. We are for instance, closely involved in the work of the Antimicrobial Resistance Centre and are building links with new groups such as the MRC Unit in The Gambia.
The Centre attracts research funding from a number of providers, with the Wellcome Trust preeminent among them.
Our research covers both public health and health services within high, middle and low income countries. Key programmes currently under way include Dr Alex Mold’s Investigator Award Placing the Public in Public Health and Prof Martin Gorsky’s Investigator Award Health Systems in History: Ideas, Comparisons, Policies.
Our teaching is both to in-house Masters students and on the distance learning programme. A free online course (MOOC) on the history of public health in post-war Britain, is now also available and runs three times a year.
We have an active programme of public engagement with a variety of walks, films and seminars available to staff students and the general public. Policy engagement is part of this activity and we utilise our location in a leading School of public health to interact with policy makers.