Our Mission

We strive to understand and provide solutions to key societal health needs and problems thereby eliminating health disparities and achieving a healthier society.

Our Vision

We aim to be the leading public health institution in public health research, education and service helping to bring about a healthier Ethiopia.

Our Work

With a proud tradition dating back six decades the Insititute of Public Health continues to be a leader in the field of public health within the country. Our Institute provides quality education, research, consultancy services and leadership to improve public health and eliminate health disparities. Our teaching and research activities focus on practical applications of both basic and advanced public health sciences in order to solve community health problems in the nation. Our community services are designed to help us share our existing knowledge and expertise in order to help eliminate health problems and assist in the development of a healthier society.

The Institute of Public Health is currently made up of 7 Departments and 1 Unit, namely:

  • Health Officer Department
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Department
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department
  • Nutrition Department
  • Reproductive Health Department
  • Health Informatics Department
  • Health Service Management and Health Economics Department
  • Health Education and Behavioral Sciences Unit

Please visit our Departments page for more information. Jointly the Departments and the Unit offer 3 undergraduate and 10 postgraduate program of study. We currently have 183 students enrolled onto the postgraduate program and a further 497 students enrolled on to our undergraduate programs. Please visit the CMHS courses page to find out more about programs.

Our Background

The discipline of Public Health has a long and illustrious history at the University of Gondar, forming the very foundations our University. The University of Gondar was initially established in 1954 as a Public Health College and Training Center (PHC&TC) and quickly became established as a pioneer center for public health practice serving as a key source of Ethiopia’s health professionals.

As the University transitioned through different stages of development it maintained and nurtured its deep rooted commitment to the discipline of Public Health. When the PHC&TC developed into the Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences (GCMS), the public health related work was undertaken by the Department of Community Health. The Department served as a leader in public health service and research undertaking a range of activities including teaching undergraduate and later on graduate students; carrying out research activities; developing and managing the Team Training Program; and developing and coordinating the Dabat Rural Health Project (now known as Dabat Research Center).

The work of the Department of Community Health steadily grew developing into the School of Public Health in 2007 and finally the Institute of Public Health.

Our Partners and Collaborators

We are committed to ensuring that our Institute continues to develop and evolve. We provide opportunities for continued learning and growth through the creation of partnerships between local and international universities and organisations.
We currently have academic links with a range of local and international universities including:

  • Addis Continental Institute of Public Health
  • University of Bergen, Norway
  • Touro University, USA
  • Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany

The Institute of Public Health is also currently collaborating with key partners on a range of projects. These include:

  • EPHA/CDC for Dabat Research Center.
  • NOMA:  University of Oslo supporting the integrated Masters in Health Informatics.
  • ENGINE: Funding masters thesis researches on Nutrition.
Dr. Abebaw Gebeyehu
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Director of Institute of Public Health
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