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What causes wellness? The social determinants of health

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It was during his time as a Consultant Surgeon in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the 1980’s that Professor Sir Harry Burns became increasingly aware of the complex inter-relationships between social and economic status and illness. In 1994, he became Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow Health Board, further developing his knowledge of, and work in, this area. From 2005 – 2014, he worked as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. From 2014, he has worked at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, as Professor of Global Public Health, continuing his research into the social determinants of health, working locally, nationally and internationally. In this presentation, Sir Harry will explore some of the ‘myths’ of Scotland’s health inequalities, and look instead to a positive, assets-based approach on what can be done to help societies create wellness.

Chaired by professor Nigel Unwin.

This talk is part of the Bradford Hill Seminars series.

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