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Prof Alex Mold

Professor of Public Health History

United Kingdom

I am a historian of public health in modern Britain. I am also Co-Head of the Doctoral College.

Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Teaching

I give lectures and lead seminars on the History and Health module.
I also lecture on Principles of Social Research, Introduction to Health Promotion and Social Epidemiology.

I supervise PhD and DrPH students on a range of topics from the history of childhood obesity to hand hygiene.

Research

I am particularly fascinated by the changing nature of 'public health' over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I led a Wellcome Trust funded project which examined the place of the public in public health in Britain since 1948. This considered how the idea of the 'public' changed, as did 'public health'.

I am also interested in the history of substance use, especially illegal drugs and alcohol. Previous work has analysed the history of heroin addiction, and health education messaging around alcohol.

Another research interest revolves around health consumerism, and the contested description of patients as consumers.
Research Area
History of public health
Country
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Publics and their health
2023
Manchester University Press
Just say know: Drug education and its publics in 1980s Britain.
MOLD, A;
2020
International Journal of Drug Policy
Alcohol, health education and changing notions of risk in Britain, 1980-1990.
MOLD, A;
2020
Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Placing the public in public health in post-war Britain, 1948–2012
MOLD, A; Clark, P; Millward, G; Payling, D;
2019
Springer Nature
Making the Patient-Consumer: Patient organisations and health consumerism in Britain
MOLD, A;
2015
Manchester University Press
Defining the public in public health after Lalonde
MOLD, A;
2024
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