The Health in History (HiH) Research Group studies health and medicine as historical – that is, as changing and evolving – phenomena, using historical methods and source materials. We investigate health-related phenomena in their historical contexts, identify long-term developments and trends, and study the interaction between health, environment and society. We are interested in the multitude of ways in which individuals and communities have conceptualised and sought to control disease at different times, on many the ways in which health and health concerns have shaped populations, social relationships and societies, as well as on the economic, political and cultural dimensions of health and medicine. Our more specific research interests include history of tuberculosis and tuberculosis medicine, medical mobility and colonial medicine, the relationship of health to food and nutrition, health and disease during war and its aftermath, as well as refugee health and public health work as part of developmental aid. Our two geographical research foci at the moment are Finland and Africa, although our inquiries are not, from the outset, limited to any specific period or region. We make use of varied historical materials and employ statistical, demographic and genealogical as well as a wide range of qualitative methods. The group includes adjunct professors Heini Hakosalo (PI), Markku Hokkanen, Ritva Kylli, Marianne Junila and Seija Jalagin, and Ph.D. students Kaisa Harju and Karoliina Kemppainen. Our RG is part of the Age of Adjustments Research Community, an interdiciplinary cluster of five research groups that do environmental and medical humanities. To check out forthcoming HiH events and news, please visit the link. For more information, please contact heini.hakosalo[at]

(photo: Rovaniemen kotiseutuyhdistys Totto)

Last updated: 21.10.2016