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IAPH Profile

Professional Training for Public Health Workforce

The International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) is a multi-disciplinary professional development academy for the public health workforce. As a specialized academy, IAPH provides diverse fields of study, programs and courses ranging from long-term, mid and short -term trainings in numerous areas of public health to contribute to the development of public health services across Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) Member States, through building the capacity of public health workforce.

IAPH will not be mere addition to the number of public health educational institutions in the EMR Region, it will rather be unique in promoting a practice-led type of public health education that is based on a residency model. This comes in contrast with the conventional model of academic and theoretical education which, though useful, is not in line with producing graduates with required competencies commensurate with the current realities and challenges in public health arena.

To achieve IAPH mission, the academy provides diverse fields of study, programs and courses that utilize learning methods and teach skills that can be immediately applied in the field.

IAPH’s professional training programs are aimed at enhancing the leadership and performance of the public health system and improving people’s health and health care nationally and regionally. Although IAPH is newly established; it is now moving in quick steps to contribute to filling the gaps in public health knowledge and practices. Capacity building is at the core of IAPH’s mission, as we believe that, improving the knowledge and skills of our residents and trainees can be immediately applied which will enable them to perform their duties more effectively and efficiently.


To figure The International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) out as a leading institution in public health training, education, capacity, and innovation in regional and global spheres.


To promote the public health workforce mass capable of addressing the challenges of strengthening national health systems and improving population health in the Region and beyond.


  1. Innovation: We strive to provide training that encourages innovative thinking and action
  2. Learning: We value learning as a core element and principle that guides development and transformation
  3. Excellence: IAPH is committed to excellence and adopts the highest international standards for training programs
  4. Partnership: is critical to our success. We work with our partners to identify training needs and tailor solutions
  5. Diversity: We value diversity and inclusiveness based on respect of all differences

Program Modalities

IAPH provides both in-class and online training options. Examples of training modalities are as follows:
  1. Short Courses: One to two weeks courses that go in-depth on specific topic of learning.
  2. Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert): Using the Sandwich Training Model (STM), short courses are interspersed with field work. Their duration is twelve weeks and includes five weeks of in-class learning and seven weeks of mentored field work.
  3. Diploma Programs: A series of three PGCert programs from the same field of study, the duration adds up to nine months and results in a diploma of professional development.
  4. Partnership: is critical to our success. We work with our partners to identify training needs and tailor solutions

* Trainings can also be customized for different lengths to fit the needs of a variety of organizations.


Teaching Faculty and Instructors

IAPH has a pool of highly professional trainers who are both content experts and teaching masters. Trainers and instructors have regional and international experience from over 12 countries in the region, Europe and the US. Experiences range from field, academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Accreditation and Certification

The academy provides the highest standards of universally accredited training in health education. The Academy is accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC), an internationally renowned quality standard for schools, colleges, universities, and online learning providers.

All training curricula follow international standards for competencies and are accredited by the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA), a European accrediting body for academic public health programs.


IAPH believes in the role of partnerships for the exchange of knowledge and experience. These partnerships include curricula development, participation in training and mentoring. The academy’s major partners are ministries of health, public health institutes, academic institutes and national and international organizations.