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Health Literacy at School

Health literacy is a relatively new concept in public health and health promotion and in terms of children, adolescents, schools and teachers, there is only little evidence available. Through health literacy children become competent in dealing with and managing health information and learn how they can use it to make informed health choices and influence health behaviour.

Ended on: 06.12.2022
Ended at: 05:00 PM (Europe/Brussels)
Duration: 1 hour

Webinar information


Teachers are in particular important for teaching health literacy, not only because of their pedagogic stills as educators but they are seen as role models by their students. The webinar will introduce the concept of health literacy in context of health promotion and education in schools. As such, during this webinar, we will learn about the latest research findings, practical example and discuss ways forward regarding health literacy in schools.


About the speakers

Orkan Okan

Prof. Orkan Okan, dr phil, is professor of health literacy at the Department of Sport and Health Sciences at Technical University Munich, Germany. He has vast experience in research, practice and policy on health literacy with focus on children, adolescents and schools. At the TUM department he is teaching health literacy, health promotion and prevention in the B.Sc. and M.Sc. Health Sciences programs. Orkan is co-editor of three health literacy books, including the “International Handbook of Health Literacy”, and co-lead of the global Covid-19 Health Literacy Research Network (Covid-HL). Orkan is Vice-President of the International Health Literacy Association, member in the IUHPE global working group on health literacy, chair of EUPHA`s working group on health literacy, member in the German National Action Plan on Health Literacy, and member of the German Health Literacy Network,. According to Expertscape's PubMed-based algorithms, Orkan is placed in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about health literacy over the past 10 years.

Additional information

  • Language:
  • Target audience:
    Student Teacher
    Teacher Educator
  • Target audience country:
  • Target audience ISCED:
    Primary education (ISCED 1)
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)
    Upper secondary education (ISCED 3)