Our students' wide range of cultural backgrounds and work experiences coupled with our demanding curriculum create an environment which is at once scientifically challenging and culturally stimulating. Personal contacts with our alumni and news of their contributions to their countries’ health is a continuing source of pride and pleasure.
The IMPH student body comprises physicians, nurses, other health professionals, economists and those interested in public health from other disciplines. Our graduates return home at the completion of their training to occupy key positions in the health care systems of their communities and countries.
Most students come from developing regions of the world, but the program also welcomes students from the west, and our alumni include graduates from Western Europe, the USA and Canada.
Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has been a vital element in the development and continuation of this unique program for over 30 years.
A limited number of scholarships are provided annually by the Pears Foundation, Hadassah Medical Organization, British Friends of Hebrew University and American Friends of Hebrew University, MASHAV and other donors for selected candidates from developing regions and countries in transition.
Israel is known to be a welcoming society and along with providing you with public health knowledge and skills, we will be happy to show you many of the treasures of Israel and its capital city, Jerusalem.
Surrounded by terraced slopes and pine forested hills west of central Jerusalem, our campus lies next to the quiet, picturesque village of Ein Kerem. Students can wander along flower-lined paths, interspersed with vines and olive trees and watch artists at work. Quaint shops, restaurants and galleries dot the landscape. On campus, one of the first sights to greet newcomers is the magnificent set of stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall.
Join us and become part of our world-wide family devoted to the advancement of public health practices, research, and teaching.
The field of public health has been defined as “prevention of diseases, prolonging life and promoting health” (WHO, Regional Office Europe, 1994), spans numerous disciplines such as epidemiology, health administration, health promotion, nutrition, and environmental health.
Community Medicine, another cornerstone of our approach to public health, is concerned with the care of the community as a whole and of its subgroups. Toward this goal, the planning of community health programs requires an assessment of the health needs at the population level. As stated by the late Professor Sidney Kark, one of the founding fathers of our School, “Diagnosis of the state of health of a community is as important a foundation of community medicine and community health care in general, as is careful diagnosis of the state of health of an individual patient seeking care”.