What is the life course approach?

This model:

Considers the way the health of an individual, their community, their environment and other factor, and previous and future generations are interconnected throughout the life course.


Sees health as a dynamic process that requires going beyond interventions targeted to specific diseases.


Considers health to be an essential resource in producing and maintaining capacities in individuals and populations.


Understands health is seen as an important dimension of human development and not simply as an end it itself.

Building Health Throughout the Life Course

sa-eng-webChapter on "Building health throughout the life course" in PAHO's Health in the Americas 2017 publication.

The Life Course Approach to Public Health

This video explains the life course approach to health and how it impacts previous and future generations.