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by strengthening education and training
of public health professionals
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The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER)

ASPHER 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.
  • ASPHER Briefing document & Statement on the WHA Pandemic Agreement

    The Pandemic Agreement:  A Springboard for Urgent Progress or a Safety Net for Basic Commitments?

    ASPHER recognizes the critical importance of a robust and comprehensive global framework to address future health emergencies. We view this agreement as a potentially very positive development, with ample space for countries to go further in their commitments and actions.

    ASPHER advocates for the strengths of the Pandemic Agreement to address governance, prevention, and response deficits observed during COVID-19, aiming for higher global standards.

    Download the ASPHER Briefing document & Statement on the WHA Pandemic Agreement Draft here.





    ASPHER and the Institue of Public Health at University of Porto - ISPUP are pleased to invite you to join us for the 2024 ASPHER Deans' & Directors Retreat in Porto, Portugal!

    The Retreat is free and open to Deans, Directors, Department Heads and key Faculty from all ASPHER member institutions. 

    Come join us in Porto from 06-08 June! Registration is now closed.

    See the Retreat Programme here.

  • WHO-Europe, ASPHER sign Memorandum of Understanding

    On 25 March 2024, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and ASPHER formalised many years of collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

    The areas of collaboration outlined in the MoU include:

    1) Capacity building in public health from local to European Region and global levels; 

    2) Advancing on professionalization of the public health workforce; 

    3) Enabling the next generation of Public Health Professionals to thrive in the public health field and make meaningful contributions; and 

    4) Joint advocacy on issues of common interest. 




  • Enhancing European Public Health Preparedness, Pre-Hospital, and Disaster Medicine

    ASPHER, the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) and the European Council of Disaster Medicine (ECDM), have partnered together to gather experts and stakeholders across emergency, medical, political and public health disciplines on 25 March 2024 at the European Parliament for a high-level colloquium to address ‘Enhancing European Public Health Preparedness, Pre-Hospital, and Disaster Medicine’.

    Outcomes of the meeting will contribute to an enhanced public health curriculum for current and future challenges threatening the public’s health and welfare in Europe.

    Read the press release.

    Download the meeting programme.

  • ASPHER Core Curriculum Programme (CCP)

    Supporting Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

    The ASPHER Core Curriculum Programme is a vital capacity and curriculum bulding project. Development of core public health competencies has been a common theme within ASPHER’s operations since 2006. The Core Curriculum Programme strives to address the new normal which has enveloped the public health landscape after the global pandemic of COVID-19 and other crises.

    Learn more from the CCP website.

  • ASPHER Climate and Health Actions

    The FINAL Joint Statement by the ASPHER led EU Health Policy Platform’s thematic network on “Climate action through public health education and training” is now available for download.

    Continue to stay updated through the EU Health Policy Platform! where the thematic network has shifted to an Exchange Network.

    Don't miss the ASPHER Climate and Health Competencies for Public Health Professionals in Europe to support public health schools to implement education and training for public health professionals in the area of climate and health.

    Learn more about all ASPHER's Climate and Health Actions here.

  • Syllabi collection on Diversity in Public Health

    These syllabi provide hands-on material for people engaged in public health education on health inequities, social injustices and diversity enabling students to:

    - identify mechanisms of privilege and oppression related to social identities,

    - determine awareness of one’s own social identities and their relevance in the public health landscape,

    - learn how to determine biases within public health structures (and oneself),

    - address and change biases in their practices to ultimately reduce health inequities. 

    Learn more and download the syllabi here.


  • Professionalization Road Map

    Road Map to Professionalizing the Public Health Workforce

    ASPHER and WHO have launched the Road Map to Professionalizing the Public Health Workforce. This Road Map offers pragmatic recommendations for action to professionalize the public health workforce as a response to growing public health needs; it puts forward levers that can be engaged to do so. It embraces, by necessity, a cross-sectoral and cross-disciplinary approach that provides clarity about the scope and the specific competencies required, identifies key action areas for professionals and identifies the roles of the various actors.

    Learn more and download the Road Map here.

    Watch the launch webinar recording here!

    The Roadmap works in synergy with the WHO-ASPHER Competency Framework for the Public Health Workforce, part of the ongoing ASPHER Programme for Public Health Competencies 

John Middleton
The healthy state? How geopolitics undermines the protection and improvement of health of the people...
02 Jul 2024 | Updated by John Middleton
John Middleton
Evidence for the UN Special Rapporteurs session on the Criminalisation of homelessness and poverty
21 Jun 2024 | Updated by John Middleton
Major public health workforce reports launched by WHO
04 Jun 2024 | Updated by ASPHER
An urgent call for peace and an escalation of humanitarian responses in Gaza
29 May 2024 | Updated by ASPHER
Pandemic Treaty vital to protect the health of millions
24 May 2024 | Updated by ASPHER
Global PH Week webinar: Fostering Peace as a prerequisite for Equitable Health - Friday 12 April
05 Apr 2024 | Updated by ASPHER
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Protestant University of Applied Sciences
Ludwigsburg, Germany
00 49 7141 9745 239
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Department of Public Health - Tirana
Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine
Tirana, Albania
Jeannette de Boer
Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health
Utrecht, Netherlands
00 31 30 810 05 00
Debra Salmon
Public Health and Wellbeing Research Group
University of the West of England
Bristol, United Kingdom
Tanya Tarnovska
Faculty of Public Health - Plovdiv
Medical University of Plovdiv
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Charles Gilks
School of Public Health
Queensland University
Brisbane, Australia