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.
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?