Collaborative public health and Christian healing: a critical conversation

Mahmood, Hashum (2020). Collaborative public health and Christian healing: a critical conversation. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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Introduction – Preventative public health and Christianity as action guiding worldviews share a compassionate, caring and communitarianism approach to health and wellbeing. Although they may say different things about what it is to be fully human, there are many times when their core values and interests are shared and aligned.
Question – What are the opportunities and obstacles for collaboration between action guiding worldviews of Christianity and preventative public health in the United Kingdom?
Method – In order to identify and the opportunities and obstacles of collaborative healing, the ideologies and interaction of two case studies (depression and HIV/AIDs) with wider societal philosophies were examined. The study was conducted through a practical theology approach of theological reflection and conducted via a critical conversation methodology.
Results – The ability to work utilising a whole systems, community and interdisciplinary approach were some of the major opportunities, while the current hiatus in dialogue, equivocal effect on stigma (reduce and increase) and deficiency of religious or health literacy were the major obstacles for collaboration.
Conclusion – Collaborative healing between public health and Christianity within the UK can be coordinated through a community model. In order to improve health and wellbeing in current UK postmodern society, it is key to foster mutual dialogue across interdisciplinary action guiding worldviews.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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