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Salutogenesis and the health of cities

The Dean of Glasgow Caledonian University in London, Professor Antony Morgan, an expert in asset-based public health, will be discussing the concept of “salutogenesis” at “Healthy Cities”, the sixth Future Cities Forum at the Crystal Building in London’s docklands on 9th October. Salutogenesis is a philosophy that is centred on exploring the factors that support and encourage health and well-being, rather than on factors that cause disease (“pathogenesis”).

The salutogenesis model was orginally created by Aaron Antonovsky, a professor of medical sociology. According to Professor Antonovsky it is more important to focus on peoples’ resources and capacity to manage stress than the classic focus on risks, ill health and disease. The term has been used in contemporary approaches to nursing, the mental health of adolescents, psychiatry, and also to healthcare architecture. The approach is interdisciplinary.

Before joining GCU in 2012 Professor Morgan was an Associate Director at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He has been a member of the WHO Health Behaviour in School Aged Children study since 1998.

GCU London's post graduate courses include International Project Management (Construction), Quanitity Surveying, and Public Health.

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