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Missed opportunities? Locating health promotion within multidisciplinary public health

Orme, Judy; de Viggiani, Nick; Naidoo, Jennie; Knight, Teri


Judy Orme
Professor/Ins Director ISHE

Jennie Naidoo

Teri Knight


This paper examines the complex interconnections between the development of health promotion and multidisciplinary public health, respectively. Health promotion takes a distinctive interdisciplinary and multiprofessional perspective on health. Historically, it has brought together practitioners from varied disciplinary backgrounds, education and training. It therefore brings real advantages to the public health enterprise, where the goal is to bridge organisations, professions and partners to collectively address key determinants of health in the most effective manner. This paper debates the contribution health promotion has made to the development of multidisciplinary public health over the past 30 years and explores the principles, values, professional bases and practices of both. It is argued that health promotion's contribution to the development of 'the new public health' was critical, while its status and role within multidisciplinary public health remain problematic and unresolved. The nature of these dilemmas is discussed, reflecting on missed opportunities and possible resolutions. © 2007 The Royal Institute of Public Health.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2007
Journal Public Health
Print ISSN 0033-3506
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Issue 6
Pages 414-419
APA6 Citation Orme, J., de Viggiani, N., Naidoo, J., & Knight, T. (2007). Missed opportunities? Locating health promotion within multidisciplinary public health. Public Health, 121(6), 414-419.
Keywords health promotion, public health, multidisciplinary
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