Martin Gorsky


in the History of Public Health

I hold a BA in History from the University of Essex, and a PGCE (History) and PhD (Social History) from the University of Bristol. After a lectureship at Bristol I moved to a research post with the University of Portsmouth health geography group, working on the database of British Voluntary Hospitals, 1890-1948. This was followed by a lectureship in history at the University of Wolverhampton. I joined the School in September 2003, with a Wellcome Trust University Award.


Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Social and Environmental Health Research


History in Public Health
Global Mental Health


My main teaching activities are as organiser of the 'History and Health' Distance Learning module (PHM215), lecturer on the 'History and Health' Term 2 Module,  lecturer on the Term 1 module Principles of Social Research, and as a tutor on MSc Public Health.


In 2003 I completed an ESRC-funded project on the history of British hospital contributory schemes (known today as health cash plans) since 1939. My subsequent Wellcome Trust research examined the coming of the British National Health Service from a regional perspective, and is entitled: 'A mass of separate expedients?' Hospitals, integration and the British health system, c.1930-c.1975. My broad interests lie in the history of health systems in the West since the late 19th century.  Among my recent projects are: an examination of morbidity trends since 1850 using sickness insurance data; studies of the pursuit of equity in policy-making in the British NHS since the 1970s; and an analysis of public health posters in Poland, 1918-90; and a study of Medical Officer of Health reports in London in the interwar period. I am currently working on my Wellcome Trust Investigator Award 'Health Systems in History' - an intellectual and policy history of the health systems concept in the 20th century.

Research Area
Health care financing
Health policy
Health services research
Health systems
Public health history
Policy analysis
United Kingdom
Euro area
European Union
North America
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