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​Head of School

The Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine can be proud of its many achievements in the 35 years since its establishment as a school within the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Medicine, the 45 years since graduating its first international MPH class, and the 55 years since it graduated its first Israeli Masters students. We can boast well over 1200 Israeli graduates, 860 international graduates from 96 countries across the globe all of whom make up the Braun School family.

Strategically situated within a major quaternary care, world-renowned teaching hospital (Hadassah), but with connections with Family and Community Medicine, sharing the campus with four other Schools of health sciences (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing), basic science laboratories and a state-of-the-art medical library, our School has access to cutting edge science. Our research spans the gamut of subjects from the molecular and genetic, to epidemiology, the environment, health systems and health policy.

Our small but dedicated academic staff are engaged in research funded by both national and international agencies and publish their results in some of the highest ranked journals. Our students are invited to join in these research activities both at the Masters and PhD levels.

This small but vibrant school offers a remarkable number and variety of Masters programs: The Masters in Public Health, Masters in Health Administration, Masters in Veterinary Public Health, Masters in Science in Clinical Epidemiology, International MPH, PhD, joint MD-MPH and MD-PhD degree as well as short courses both in Israel and abroad for international groups of interested professionals. The School is accredited by APHEA – the only institution in Israel to hold this prestigious accreditation, and has recently undergone international evaluation by the Council for Higher Education, Israel's academic accrediting body.

The School is committed to academic excellence and rigor which we maintain using strict enrollment criteria and high academic standards throughout the curriculum. We certainly subscribe to the Hebrew University's academic motto: "The Most Difficult but the Best".

Sadly, one of the School's founding fathers and former directors, Prof. Joe Abramson, passed on during the past academic year. Through his books, his computer programs and his teaching (into his 90th year) Prof. Abramson was the standard bearer for this commitment to thoroughness and academic excellence. May his memory stay alive through the achievements of his real and virtual students and may these standards be maintained forever.

Our international program is an enormous source of pride. Through it we aim to fulfill the ancient commandment of Tikun Olam (healing the world). Our alumni are "out there" in the field, in government, academia and NGOs improving the health of the neediest citizens of the world. The extent of activity of Braun School alumni in humanitarian work is astounding. Each time a disaster befalls the planet, we find some of our alumni getting involved. Our alumni network allows us to keep in touch with them and the graduates with one another. The School is committed to life-long learning through its alumni academic program, PhD program, seed grants, etc. All this could not be possible without our generous donors, including the Pears Foundation of the UK and MASHAV of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.

We place a priority on collaborative activities both within the School and between our staff and students and members of Hadassah, the Hebrew University, and the community. Some examples of these exciting and fruitful co-operations include the National Quality Indicators program in Community Healthcare (QICH) (funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research ), the Hebrew University Center for Excellence in Agriculture and Health (funded by the Environmental Health Fund), the Jerusalem Perinatal Study, and the Jerusalem Community-Academic Partnership for health promotion (J-CAP) funded by the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology).  All of these activities include multiple faculty members, students and, of course, partners in academia, health systems, government or the community. One other way that our School is grounded in the community is by virtue of its adjunct teaching staff who are active, senior key players in the Israeli health care system, mainly the Ministry of Health. The exposure of our students to these collaborative projects as well as to our adjunct teachers insures that Public Health does not remain in the ivory tower but is firmly connected to the field and to real world issues.

The importance of Public Health in a world facing, political, microbiologic and environmental threats, both man-made and natural, cannot be overemphasized. Our School will continue its commitment to providing tools to meet these challenges, old and new. May 2017-2018 be a successful academic year for all the Braun School family and a happy, safe and peaceful year for us, our communities and our loved ones.


Prof. Ora Paltiel, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC.
Director, Braun School of Public Health