The EHESP is a public establishment with a dual role of education and research into public health and social welfare. It encourages synergy between the disparate cultures of public health and management.
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The school for future public health managers
90 lecturers, grouped into 5 departments, provide training for senior management in health and welfare services, in a national and international context.
- 14 trainig programs for healthcare professionals
- Masters, post-masters, engineering and doctoral degrees
- Institution-specific Diplomas
EHESP also offers 10 certificates and more than 250 “short” training programs that are updated each year in various public health fields, discover all the professional development programs.
EHESP also offers preparatory courses for a number of competitive examinations for positions as civil servants in ministerial and health facilities, both in class setting and through distance learning, as well as training courses tailored to the needs of each facility
A school with research facilities
The relevance and quality of teaching are an integral part of applied research. Research is carried out by 5 education and research departments including 12 research chairs, 1 environmental health research laboratory (LERES), 9 research organizations in partnership including 3 joint labs and a research team.
A school of international repute
The school accepts a number of foreign students and offers a high standard of higher education, including the Master of Public Health and the Executive Health MBA. The EHESP has also developed many links with organisations such as the WHO, the World Bank and the European Union. It provides strategic consultancy, expertise and teaching engineering programmes in countries seeking partnerships with the institutions concerned.
The EHESP’s values
The EHESP has set itself the following values to achieve its objectives.
Take account of the diversity of the backgrounds and career plans of our students
Lead the field in education, expertise and research in public health policy
Adopt a broad-based approach to extend our international penetration and extend our network
Continually improve our training programmes through internal quality management.
EHESP – French school of public health
The National Public Health School (ENSP) was set up in Paris just after the Liberation as part of the National Hygiene Institute which later became INSERM. The Ministry of Public Health had to find management personnel in the public sector who were able to apply the major social security laws passed in 1945 and construct the new health and welfare administrative infrastructure.
The ENSP was responsible for the professional development of medical and paramedical public health workers as well as health technicians. Post War legislation, political and economic changes and international collaboration very soon called for a wider range of specialised training courses for public health management personnel. The ENSP made contact with leading lecturers and scientists in the field and played an important role at international level.
1960: the ENSP became independent.
The ENSP acquired independent status in 1960, enabling it to take on permanent teaching personnel. It outgrew its premises in Paris and moved to Rennes in 1961. Over the next 10 years the ENSP built up a national and international reputation through the quality of its public health training, the organisation of many conferences and study sessions open to the general public and its special relationship with the World Health Organisation.
1970: identity crisis
Public health became more complex and interdisciplinary during the 1970s: it gradually encompassed health and welfare issues and included the concept of public service hospitals. At the same time, the slowing down of economic growth and the effects of the first oil crisis required better public health management.
From 1975 onwards, the ENSP was faced with an identity crisis
should it continue to develop as a high level post graduate establishment or should it move towards becoming a school for training public servants? This indecision led to vocational training departments becoming isolated and, as a result, there was less emphasis on interdisciplinary education, communication and research.
2008: the ENSP became the Ecole des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP)
The law of 25 July 1985 clearly directed the activities of the ENSP towards broad-based education and research into public health, social welfare and international co-operation. The 2004 public health law further stressed the international mission of post-graduate public health education in France.
On 1 January 2008, the Ecole Nationale de la Santé Publique (ENSP) became the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP) and extended its scope to cover new specialties, diplomas and international collaboration.
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