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Revista Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública

versão impressa ISSN 0120-386X


PENARANDA C, Fernando; GIRALDO G, Libardo; BARRERA P, Luz H  e  CASTRO G, Elisa. The meaning of health education in the National Public Health Faculty at the University of Antioquia (2011-2012). Rev. Fac. Nac. Salud Pública [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.3, pp.364-372. ISSN 0120-386X.

OBJECTIVE: to understand the meaning that health education (he) has among the teachers, students and graduates of the National Faculty of Public Health. METHODOLOGY: case study from a comprehensive perspective (hermeneutics). It was conducted using group and individual interviews and the analysis of curricula pertaining to the academic programs of the aforementioned faculty. RESULTS: health education is a relevant issue for the interviewees in terms of public health because it transcends disease although it shows a scarce development in the Faculty programs. A diverse set of conceptions, points of view and levels of knowledge on HE was found ranging from a broad to a reductionist and instrumental perspective showing the debate and tensions implied among theoretical trends, as well as a lack of specificity. CONCLUSIONS: these findings cannot be explained only by means of a poor level in the professors' training. It is also related to a lack of pedagogical reflection that should exist as an intrinsic feature in public health, the debates and tensions between theoretical trends in the area, and a dominance of a conception of public health that has not taken the subject into consideration. Thus a public health that does take the subject into account and promotes a transdisciplinary perspective is required

Palavras-chave : health education; public health; transdisciplinarity; pedagogy and subject.

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