Prof. Snehendu Kar, UCLA Department of Public Health and Asian/American Studies
Abstract: This presentation is an analytical review of recent developments in public health as a dominant paradigm for promoting health and quality of life globally and the unique contributions of the Indian public health in this process. It focuses on the increasing cross-pollinations between Indian Public Health (IPH) and Global Health (GH) developments and recent historic developments in IPH. Western historians tend to explore the roots of modern science and medicine to Greek, Roman, and Abrahamic civilizations; this bias ignores the roots of “modern” public health in Indian and other ancient civilizations that date back the western medicine and public health by several millenniums. Many “modern” and “alternative” health care systems were widely practiced in Ancient India and Asian nations and are increasingly “being reinvented and integrated” by “modern” public health (e.g. Ayurveda, Yoga, acupuncture). This symbiotic relationship enhances both Indian Public Health (IPH) and Global Health (GH) movements. This presentation highlights recent historic developments in the IPH and the specific challenges and opportunities presented by these changes to scholars, activists, policy analysts and health professionals dedicated to public health globally.
Bio: Dr. Kar is a Professor emeritus of Public Health and Asian American Studies and the Founding Director of the Executive MPH Program for Health Professionals at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has directed several multi-national research and evaluation projects in Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, USA, and Venezuela. Most recently, he served as the Distinguished Professor and Academic Advisor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) that is mandated to establish 6-8 Schools of Public Health in India.
Sponsor(s): Center for India and South Asia
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