Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. For the past four years, Dalla Lana students have been organizing annual conferences about various public health topics.
Anyone who is interested in learning more or sharing information or concerns about the use of participatory technologies in public health is welcome to attend. This includes students from any discipline, community organization members, faculty and researchers, members of the general public, and public health practitioners.
Public Health 2.0 extends the ideas of user-generated content, participatory technologies, and public collaboration to the field of public health. Public Health 2.0 ventures do not necessarily involve the internet, but they capture the sense of technological innovation and collectivism evoked by Web 2.0. Public Health 2.0 technologies are innovative but are not necessarily new. Our conception of Public Health 2.0 also includes using everyday, ancient, or indigenous technologies in novel and collaborative ways to improve public health. Some examples are listed on our Public Health 2.0 in the News page.
In our view, this definition does not completely capture the meaning of the term. As Canadian physicist Ursula Franklin posits, “Technology is not the sum of the artifacts, of the wheels and gears, of the rails and electronic transmitters. Technology is a system. It entails far more than its individual material components. Technology involves organization, procedures, symbols, new words, equations, and, most of all, a mindset” (1990). In other words, technologies are not just tools; they are ways of doing things.
How do I register for the conference?Please register on our registration page. If you have difficulty registering using the form, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please tell me more about the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) and the Public Health Students' Association (PHSA).
The DLSPH is a school within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto that offers MPH, MSc, MScCH, and PhD degrees in a variety of public health disciplines. The students organizing this conference are all graduate students at the DLSPH. The PHSA is the association that governs the student body at the DLSPH. To learn more, you can check out the DLSPH website or the PHSA website.