Public health at Harvard

Harvard just announced its latest public health course, “Human Health and Global Environmental Change”: 

HSPH to launch second public health course on edX

Harvard School of Public Health’s new online course, “Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research,” an introduction to biostatistics and epidemiology, has drawn 53,857 students from all over the world. The three-month course, which began in October 2012, was one of the first two courses offered by Harvard through edX, the online education platform launched last May by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since May, four other institutions—the University of California Berkeley, the University of Texas System, Wellesley College, and Georgetown University—have joined Harvard and MIT in edX. New HarvardX courses being offered in spring 2013 include HSPH’s second public health course, Human Health and Global Environmental Change…

According to the introduction of this free course:

One of the greatest challenges of our time is to address global environmental changes, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, that may harm the health of billions of people worldwide. This class will examine these changes, their causes, as well as their health consequences, and engage students in thinking about their solutions.

In case anyone hasn’t yet noticed, “public health” has morphed into political agendas for the “common good” and advancing “social justice” and it has overtaken top universities and colleges around the country.

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One response to “Public health at Harvard

  1. Unfortunately, a growing number of Canadians can’t help but notice.

    After all, subsequent Canadian Ministers of Health and Welfare Marc Lalonde and Jake Epp made outstanding contributions to global advancement of the religiously-toned doctrinal foundation for “Health Promotion” and the “Health for All” framework respectively, which morphed into “Population Health” (aka the new Public Health) and established the all-purpose global model still being used “for modifying the behaviour of the population” – by aggressively trashing the Scientific Method and traditional “First Do No Harm” precautions rooted in due process, effectively slamming the door on evidence-backed debate or dissent by prioritizing “consensus” decision-making.

    As a matter of fact, the name similarities between “Health 21″ ( http://web.archive.org/web/20100302155437/http://www.euro.who.int/document/health21/wa540ga199heeng.pdf ) and “Agenda 21″ hardly appears coincidental, given their common denominator of doctrinal foundation, behaviour modification intent and Crusading promoters’ demands for draconian punishment of non-compliant sinners?

    It seemed a very small jump from the battle-cry expressions that advanced the war-on-science concepts of Chapter 9. “Science versus Health Promotion” in Lalonde’s 1974 “A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians” ( http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/pubs/1974-lalonde/lalonde-eng.pdf ) to the modified wording espousing the same doctrine – reduced, recycled and reused under the “Precautionary Principle” label; also customized as Principle 15 – Annex 1 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.
    ( http://www.un.org/documents/ga/conf151/aconf15126-1annex1.htm )

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