We might say that our history is based upon a series of events—both inside and outside the University of Alberta—reaching back along a continuum of time. For our purposes, let’s say that it all began around 1949 when the Department of Preventive Medicine was created.
Following World War II, the Canadian social security system—including health services—began expanding and modernizing. Money became available for grant programs, universal hospital insurance and education programs to train health professionals. The Department of Preventive Medicine represented an early focus on public health and provided medical students with this broad perspective.
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