Intersectoral Approach to Public Health Actions

This course examines the relevance for intersectoral thinking, evidence and actions to environmental and other factors that impact health including nutrition, water, hygiene, and sanitation.

This course focuses exclusively on determinants that technically fall under​‘other sectors’ but directly impact health. This course would help students recognise the need for inter-sectoral thinking and actions. 

While in most of the cases, it is acknowledged that public health actions go beyond health sector-related interventions (history has offered enough evidence to demonstrate this) which has prompted the recent calls for​‘Health in All Policies’, such acknowledgement does not receive serious engagement in educational programmes. Either they are offered in silos (for example, water, sanitation, and hygiene — WASH) or receive cursory treatment. 

The course has two broad objectives: 

The first, through a series of case studies, the course would illustrate and explain the linkages of health to select determinants including provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, nutrition, food systems and broadly, environment, including air pollution and climate change. 

The second, it would encourage students to identify and appreciate the opportunities as well as challenges in inter-sectoral actions at policy, programmatic and community levels.