|Participants in IMPH program 370.(Photo by: Hebrew University)|
Learning in Israel how to heal the world
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
Public health leaders from 20 nations to attend Jerusalem training program to learn about cutting-edge research.
Seventy senior public health professionals from 20 countries who are devoted to
promoting health and saving lives around the world will visit Israel next
The visitors will spend nine days learning about cutting-edge
research while exchanging professional experiences, challenges and
The participants are graduates of the one-year Hebrew
University-Hadassah International Master of Public Health (IMPH) program. The
graduate program is part of the Braun School of Public Health and Community
Medicine at HU’s Faculty of Medicine.
The event is the second Pears IMPH
Alumni Workshop and Reunion, sponsored by the Pears Foundation in the UK.
Participants will hear from world-renowned public health experts such as
Harvard’s Dr. Michelle Williams, to whom US President Barack Obama presented the
Presidential Award for Excellence.
Since 1971, the one-year IMPH degree
has been awarded to more than 750 graduates from 90 countries. Graduates have
become leaders in their countries of origin and internationally, working to
alleviate disease, end extreme poverty and promote health and development around
the world. Students from poor countries are awarded scholarships by the Pears
Foundation and other donor agencies.
“The Pears Foundation is a strategic
partner in our IMPH program,” said Prof. Yehuda Neumark, Braun School director
and former IMPH program director. “In providing support for IMPH scholarships
and follow-up alumni activities, it aims to build a network of scholars in
low-income regions of the world who benefit from academic expertise in Israel
and transfer that expertise toward efforts to alleviate disease, end extreme
poverty and promote health and development. Its support also helps strengthen
relationships between Israel and Africa through building strong academic
Current students and the visiting alumni come from Albania,
Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Mali,
Macedonia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, the Palestinian Authority, the Philippines,
Russia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey and Uganda, among
Graduates of the program include leading health professionals
such as Prof. Cui Fuqiang, a widely published research scientist serving as
deputy director of China’s National Immunization Program and director of the
Hepatitis Division of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
After graduating the IMPH program nine years ago, he moved to Beijing to join
China CDC, was granted more than $3 million in research support, and recently
received his doctorate from the University of Basel.
“I will never forget
the IMPH program’s courses in epidemiology and community- oriented primary care.
I learned so much that helped me develop my research model when I returned to
China,” he said recently, adding that the program “gave me both epidemiology
skills and the self-confidence to pursue my career.”
graduate is Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, ambassador and deputy permanent
representative of the Kenyan mission to the UN, who has played a leading role in
women’s organizations, UNICEF and public health NGOs in areas such as HIV/AIDS