The School of Public Health, which was established in 2002, is training the next generation of Israel's public health professionals in areas of community health, health promotion, health services administration and management, environmental health and occupational health, epidemiology, biostatistics and nutrition behavior. The academic curricula and programs are structured to prepare students for positions in the health care system, the medical industry, research institutions, academic institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. The School of Public Health has an intake of about 120 students annually and there are currently about 250 students registered. In addition, the School of Public Health has about 40 full-time and part-time faculty members.
The University of Haifa Difference
Interdisciplinary Approach – The School of Public Health is a crossroads of knowledge where ideas and people from the biological, physical, social, and managerial sciences meet. The school draws upon resources in the university's departments of nursing, occupational therapy, human resources, gerontology and the School of Social Work; joint courses are offered with the faculties of humanities, law, sciences and science education.
Emphasis on Vulnerable Populations – Israel's poor and minority populations suffer disproportionately from illness and disability, and many of the School's research projects focus on populations with special needs (including women, new immigrants, foreign workers, the disabled, development towns, children, the elderly, sheltered groups, ethnic minorities and more). These projects seek to better understand social inequalities in health as related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, and social networks support and isolation.
Research Intensive – The School of Public Health engages in research that strives to improve the physical, mental & social well-being of Israel and our global community. These studies have a significant impact on the prevention of disease, promotion of patient care, intelligent decision-making and high-quality administration.
The Academic Program
The School offers three Master’s degrees: Master of Public Health(MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Applied Nutrition (MAN), with the following specialized tracks:
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Community Health
- Health Promotion
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health Management
- Health Administration
The School also has an autonomous PhD program, and offers a PhD Degree.
The School of Public Health is a member of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), which is the key independent European organisation dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research.
Founded in 1966, ASPHER has over 100 institutional members located throughout the Member States of the European Region of WHO. It is represented in 42 European countries, with more than 5000 academics and experts employed in its member institutions. It also has strong links with similar associations in other regions of the world, and with other European and international organisations active in the field of Public Health.