Public health and the anticorporate movement: rationale and recommendations

Am J Public Health. 2006 Aug;96(8):1370-5. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.072298. Epub 2006 Jun 29.


Institutions and informal networks have formed a movement that is challenging the growing power and pervasive influence of large corporations. The movement's analyses show that the historical development and current function of the corporate entity requires production of a profit regardless of consequences to health, society, or the environment. As a result, public health professionals frequently address health problems related to products, services, or practices of corporations. There are possibilities for links between public health and the anticorporate movement. Public health research and the professional preparation curriculum should focus on the corporate entity as a social structural determinant of disease.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Consumer Product Safety*
  • Curriculum
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Industry / economics
  • Industry / organization & administration*
  • Industry / trends
  • Investments
  • Politics
  • Power, Psychological
  • Public Health / education*
  • Public Health / trends*
  • Research
  • Social Justice*
  • Social Medicine*
  • Social Responsibility
  • Socioeconomic Factors