Summer Course 2023

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“Strengthening Community Health and Wellbeing: putting the Art back into Public Health”

Public Health can be defined as ‘The Art and Science of Promoting Health and Preventing Disease”. During the recent global pandemic it was perhaps necessary for Public Health and Health Promotion efforts to focus heavily on the science of preventing disease. Communities are the foundation of society and many have started the process of re-building and strengthening, with an opportunity to regain a greater sense of control over their health. Communities are considering what their community should look like to help re-build a better society, to promote their best health and reduce the stark inequalities in health so plainly illuminated. Starting from the lives, words and stories of those directly involved in these communities is paramount in this process.

Art, in its broadest sense can be used to explore and discover the powerful stories of revitalization and new hope now occurring across our communities. The power of the Arts in building and strengthening community health and wellbeing is often underestimated. In this course we explore how communities may be strengthened through the involvement of the Arts and in particular how the Arts – particularly community drama, storytelling, singing etc., – make a valuable contribution to strengthen health and wellbeing locally.

Learning style

The ETC approach has developed over 30 years of successful delivery into an effective problem-based interdisciplinary model for capacity building training in public health and health promotion. Participants have access to Distance Learning, undertaken as self-study (4-weeks) in advance of attending the 10-day residential course. The course consists of a mix of theoretical sessions delivered by leading international experts, interactive sessions involving participants and an opportunity to learn from other social and cultural contexts. Participants will also work on a collaborative project, with participants and experts from other countries, strengthening working relationships. The residential course will include: input from local community associations (Arts groups and Community Arts; discussion panels; workshops; group work; facilitated international projects and problem-based learning; field visits; breakout sessions; social agenda (optional) with activities: exercise, music, dance, open space and cultural excursions (additional fee).


Chester is one of the remaining ancient Roman cities, with the roman walls still in place, located in the North West of England. The University of Chester is one of the original campus institutions, and is recognized as one of the oldest universities outside of Cambridge and Oxford University, to be established in England 1839.

  • The course will be held on the main campus (, which is just 12 minute walk into the heart of the city center.
  • The course carries CPD certification worth 8 ECTS.
  • We welcome people from different fields of health promotion, public health, local government, NGO and health care backgrounds, including people from sectors such as urban planning, (arts) academia, social work, research, management, practice and policy.
  • The course working language is English.
  • The number of participants is limited to 35.
  • The course fee is:
    > Early registration: £1100 before the 31st of March 2023
    > Regular registration: £1300 1st April to 7th of June 2023
    This includes all teaching and training materials, distance learning supervision, 10 day course plus symposium, 10 nights accommodation, lunches and morning coffee, academic field trip and ETCs certificate.

For any questions please contact: Karen Cregan ( or Lynne Kennedy ( For registration please go to: Registration form

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