Public Health Fun! The use of games in Public Health Education
Who said that studying Public Health is only about spending hours studying textbooks? It seems there are more fun ways to learn, or at least that’s the idea! I was not aware of the existence of Public Health Games till recently, when I was sent the link to the Last Straw, a board game on social determinants of health! As the website informs us:
- to promote discussion about the social determinants of health;
- to help players build empathy with marginalized people and gain an awareness of players’ own social location;
- to encourage learning in a fun and supportive environment.
This game seems to be quite popular, with publications, videos and other information around it. It even has versions in french and spanish!
I would love to try it out but -as it does not come for free, I thought I would try my luck with something else!
Google did not disappoint me (almost never does!) so here are some links to online Public Health games I found. I will not reveal much about them- that would spoil half the fun!
Public Health games- a new world to me but certainly not to everyone! The Center for Advancement of Distance Education mentioned above has a whole website dedicated to public health games and has also developed a virtual public health world in Second Life!
Let me know what is your opinion about the games I mention in the post or other ones you might be aware of.
What do you think about the use of games in Public Health education? What might be the benefits of using them and what should we be wary of?
I played the Great Flu game and I really liked it! I had played a game similar on my boyfriends phone and I thought it was really neat! I think playing games in Public Health Education makes it real, when you just learn from reading things it doesn’t really seem as real. Using these games show how much really go into protecting us and how important it is to keep things from getting as bad. We should be wary because you know how to prevent it now but you also know how to further it as long as well. Over all I enjoyed it an think its a very good idea to use these!