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The School will continue the work of the Department, “but as a School we will have somewhat more autonomy… recognising that while public health is close to medicine, they are still separate”, Prof Ivan Perry, Head of the UCC School of Public Health, told the Medical Independent (MI).
“The new School will protect and promote the health and wellbeing of the population in the broad sense and additionally acknowledge the determinants of health and wellbeing that operate outside the system,” he explained.
Prof Perry added that the large ongoing volume of work on topics such as diet, diabetes, suicide and self-harm would continue and that in the future the School hoped to broaden its focus to look at environmental determinants of health, such as pollution and climate change.
“In concept and design, the UCC School of Public Health is modelled on international schools of public health in Britain, Europe and North America. The School will have a clear and explicit focus on research and advocacy in population health, health services and health systems research,” he said.