Title: Department of Public Health Medicine
Classmark: LUA MED/35
Original reference: LUA/DEP/086, LUA/DEP/100
Main language: English
Size and medium: 64 boxes
Records of the Department of Public Health Medicine and its predecessor departments.
Includes: records relating to the administration and management of the Health Visitor Training Course; the establishment and administration of the Diploma in Health Education; records of the Division of General Practice; records relating to the establishment and management of the School of Public Health; and relating to the establishment of the Development in Care of Patients with Advanced Cancer.
Also includes copies of examination papers in Public Health and related subjects, and publications.
The origins of the Department of Public Health Medicine go back to 1884, when a part-time lectureship in Hygiene was established in the Medical Department of the Yorkshire College of Science. In 1886 the Department of Public Health was established.
A part-time Chair was set up in 1904, which was held by successive Medical Officers of Health for Leeds. In the same year, Leeds was to become reportedly the first University to establish a course for the Diploma in Public Health. This was later replaced with a Master of Public Health in 1979, and the teaching of this course was eventually moved to the Nuffield Institute for Health from 1993.
In 1948, another change to the department occurred, when it became the new Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. When a full-time Chair was created in 1973 it changed to the Department of Community Medicine and General Practice. Eventually these two specialities became separated in 1986, creating the Department of Community Medicine and the Department of General Practice respectively. The Department of Community Medicine then became the Department of Public Health Medicine in 1990.
Another restructure of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1993 saw the Department change to the new Academic Unit of Public Health Medicine.
University of Leeds Reporter no. 302, 20 October 1989;
I.D.G. Richards, Public Health in the Leeds Medical School, 1973-1993 (Oct 1983);
S.T. Anning & W.K.J. Walls, A History of the Leeds School of Medicine: one and a half centuries, 1831-1981 (Leeds University Press, 1982).
A functional system of arranagement was imposed on the collection.
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