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Mobilisation of the EHESP School of Public Health to combat COVID-19

Publication date: 11.08.2020
Author: EHESP School of Public Health

 Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, the EHESP School of Public Health, its students and its faculty have taken part in the national and international effort to fight the epidemic by mobilizing its teams and fields of expertise in public health.

“We invested a lot to be able to carry on “as before”. It is not necessarily a heroic act. It is essential behind the scenes work. Society was kept afloat by the commitment of each and every person, there where they were. The duty of students volunteering for establishments was also to train, and most did so while putting in a lot of effort. I have never had so many attendees in online classes. This commitment to ensure training reached the same level as for previous years should be highlighted. I heard them talking about how they were worried their year would be considered less qualitative. They did everything in their power to ensure this wasn’t the case.” (Professor at EHESP) 

EHESP produced a bulletin (available in French and English) summarising the actions and research work carried out to testify to the mobilisation of the EHESP School of Public Health. 

The analyses produced by experts and researchers in multiple fields (epidemiology, sociology, psychology, management, environment, health economics, law, ethics or history) have notably enabled us to:

  • increase and disseminate knowledge on the impact of the health crisis on the health system and populations,
  • provide management support to public decision-makers,
  • participate in the fight against misinformation.

During this period, EHESP's support to its partners, particularly in Europe and Africa, confirmed its integration into an international public health network.

The adaptation of its distance learning courses combined with the production of educational content dedicated to health professionals has also given the School the opportunity to develop its pedagogical expertise while exploring new ways of working.

This bulletin is also an opportunity to show the singularity, role and need of a School of Public Health through the scope of its research and teaching fields.

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