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13.07.2013. | Our generation of MPH graduates 2012/13 just finished their last exam. We are all happy and wish them to defend their master thesis this year with full success!

09.05.2013. | Visit of ASPHER-PERFEQT delegation to our School  
Center School of Public Health and Health Management, as department of Faculty of Medicine at University of Belgrade, from its foundation is active member of ASPHER. Two days visit of APSHER delegation is started on May 09, 2013. The main objective of the visit is discussion about actual status and potential development of public health education at school, with focus on Master of Public Health. Short information and basic criteria available for download.

08.05.2013. | ASPHER Deans' and Directors' Retreat 2013 will take place in Maastricht, May 23/24th with a possible social programme on Saturday, the 25th.
Click here  to download the agenda. You are encouraged to become ASPHER community at the same page.

08.05.2013. | Young researchers forum is traditional activity of students in Public Health devoted to Public Health education, research and practice. Details available on: http://2011.aspher.org/pg/profile/yrforum

In September 2013: 
Master of Public Health
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Master of Health Management
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Public Health
All academic programmes of the School are nationally accredited


30.04.2013. | EUPHA (European Public Health Association) newsletter is available for download  


25.05.2011. | Book Health Management Guides, Readings and References for Serbia is available for download


04.05.2011. | ASPHER Deans' and Directors' Retreat 2011 will take place in Belgrade, 25-28 May. Click here to download the agenda of this year's retreat.

The Centre School of Public Health Belgrade University, Prof. Vladimir Bumbasirevic (Dean) and Prof. Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic (Head), will host the meeting. About 60 participants will take part in this year’s event, representing about 40 ASPHER member schools as well as some key partner organisations of the Association. The retreat programme contains several keynote presentations, networking sessions, and regular updates from individual ASPHER working groups. For more information This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


04.05.2011. | PH and Welfare - Welfare development and health
10 to 12 November 2011
The Bella Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Click here to download the first announcement.
Conference registration is now open!

28.11.2010. | Young Researchers Forum, Amsterdam 2010
For the agenda of the Young Researchers Forum 2010, click here.

The Young Researchers Forum 2010 took place on Wednesday 10 November in Amsterdam prior to the 3rd European Public Health Conference. Best oral and poster presenters received prizes generously funded by Swiss School of Public Health+ (SSPH+) and EHESP School of Public Health, see below for details. Furthermore, all authors selected for the oral presentations at the forum had their registration fees for the regular programme of the conference covered by ASPHER.

Best Oral Presentations:
Elspeth Anwar (United Kingdom) - 1000 EUR
Teenage pregancy as a route to social exclusion? An investigation of the experiences and future expectations of Teenage Mothers in Sefton (North-West England)
Sie Sie Siew (Finland) - 500 EUR
Exposure to iron and welding fumes and the risk of lung cancer
Marzena Tambor (Poland) - 500 EUR
Attitudes towards formal patient payments for public health care services in six CEE countries - Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine

Best Poster Presentations:
Mohit Sharma & Mary Thompson (United Kingdom) - 1000 EUR
Evaluation of the impact of resource use prioritisation in South Central England
Milena Santric-Milicevic (Serbia) - 500 EUR
Modeling the health workforce requirements at the national level (Serbia)
Angela Ciobanu & Alina Ferdohleb (Moldova) - 500 EUR
Economic Impact of Iron Deficiency Anemia for the Republic of Moldova

Photos: (top) Dr Elspeth Anwar - winner of the best oral presentation award; (bottom) Participants of this year's event and members of the jury (Prof. H Brand, Prof. F Paccaud, Prof. A Flahault, Prof. V Bjegovic-Mikanovic, Prof. T Tulchinsky).

20.09.2010. | The process of admission of students for the MPH Programme 2010/2011 is just started, and will be finished between October 04 and October 08, 2010. The minimum number of students is 22, while the maximum is 36. Please, read more about this Programme, which is fully accredited during the 4th cycle of National accreditation done by National Educational Council of Serbia.


18.09.2010. | One day Workshop “ASPHER Public Health Core Competencies Programme”, will take place on October 22, from 10.00 to 18.00, at the premises of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia (Batut), Dr Subotica 5, 11000 Belgrade. The Workshop is organised on behalf of ASPHER and hosted by the Institute of Public Health of Serbia with support from the Centre School of Public Health (Faculty of Medicine, Belgrade University). The discussion about competencies has gained momentum not only in North America and Europe, but worldwide. Therefore many public health professionals are highly interested to harmonise the various efforts in this field. Furthermore during the last years it became clear that the public health competencies usually acquired at Schools of Public Health have to be related to public health performance. The aim of this workshop is to support and further develop the dialogue between, on one side public health professionals, decision makers and managers and, on the other side, schools of public health with regard to necessary competencies. This dialogue should support professionals to develop, organise, implement, carry out and evaluate public health interventions which are relevant for meeting present and future challenges to European populations’ health. Read more.



13.09.2010. | The first issue of Public Health Reviews entitled The New Public Health has now been published! The journal website is now up and running at www.publichealthreviews.eu. The first issue, The New Public Health, comprised of articles from invited authors, recognises the rapid evolution of public health over the past thirty years, and the need to broaden the base of professional studies in public health within the scope of civil society as much as within health care and medicine. You can also download all of the articles from the first issue free of charge. ASPHER   


16.08.2010. | Master of Health Management is accredited programme, which is organized jointly by School of Medicine and School of Organizational Science, University of Belgrade. International and national experts developed teaching curricula within the Project of the Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia na European Union “Training in Health Management”. Call for admission of students in 2010/2011 is open from August 16 to September 18, 2010. Academic programme for the third generation of students is still under the EU Project, hence 30 scholarships will be covered by the Project for candidates coming from the state health organizations. However, Programme is also open for 10 students who will cover their own scholarships. For more information, please go to the web pages of the Project available at URL: http://www.healthmanagementinfo.com


05.07.2010. | Our School of Public Health succeeded to gain national accreditation for even 14 courses of continuing training in the field of public health management, health care quality, and accreditation of health institutions. Details can be seen at the web pages of National Health Council of Serbia


01.07.2010. | ASPHER e-Bulletin for June 2010. is now available. ASPHER


06.09.2010. | European Public Health Conference 2010. EUPHA and ASPHER are pleased to invite you to the 3rd joint European Public Health Conference combining the 18th annual EUPHA meeting and the 32nd annual meeting of ASPHER. The conference will be organised from 10 to 13 November 2010 in Amsterdam by the Netherlands Public Health Federation (NPHF). The main theme of the conference is Integrated public health. ASPHER   



06.09.2010. | Hannover Medical School, Germany, February 14-18, 2011

Deadline for Abstracts: October 4, 2010. The workshop is open to European scholars from the fields of public health, health services research, philosophy, biomedical ethics, medicine, nursing sciences, health economics, psychology, law, political science, and social sciences. Please send your application to mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  until October 4, 2010. It should contain (1) an abstract (max. 500 words), (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) a publication list. Participants are paid all travel and accommodation costs and an additional expense allowance of 300 € for preparing a manuscript until June 15, 2011 that shall be published in an anthology or supplement of a notable publisher or journal edited by the conference organizers. ASPHER


25.05.2010. | Jubilee Scientific Conference With International Participation: “Public Health in the 21st Century – realities and perspectives”, September 30 – October 2, 2010. The Conference is dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the Faculty of Public Health, Medical University – Pleven. The main Conference themes are the following: 1. Health promotion, 2. Epidemiology of chronic non-infectious diseases, 3. Epidemiology of infectious diseases, 4. Environment and Public Health, 5. Management and quality of health care, 6. Health economics, 7. Education and Information technologies, 8. Fundamental ethical problems and clinical ethics, 9. Mental health, 10. Medical  rehabilitation and ergotherapy, 11. Integration and social rehabilitation, Read more


24.05.2010. | University College London Summer School on the Social Determinants of Health, 12-16 July, 2010. Fees for the 2010 UCL Summer School are 600 GBP for payment received before 28th May. ASPHER You may be also interested to read Prof. Marmot´s strategic review of health inequalities in England post 2010 report, entitled “Fair Society – Healthy Lives”, which can be downloaded at: www.ucl.ac.uk/gheg/marmotreview


24.05.2010. | The Education versus Training and Skills versus Competency debate

Authors: Gibbs T, Brigden D, Hellenberg D. This article opens the debate on whether the satisfactory completion of a learning programme is sufficient or whether we should be assessing the learner through levels of defined competency relevant to their professional career. Click here to read online: http://my.ibpinitiative.org/Community.aspx?c=ee72a28c-01ca-4d25-bf81-f04dfb2b548e   


27.04.2010. | Call for application for external PhD fellows at INTHEALTH, CAPHRI, University of Maastricht. The Department of International Health (INTHEALTH) is the coordinating centre of the Public Health Research Network for Southeast Europe (PHR-Net). Through this call, INTHEALTH invites candidates from Southeast European (SEE) countries (namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia) to apply for 5 (five) external PhD positions at the School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The aim of this call is to offer research possibilities, which would ultimately materialize in PhD defences, to talented and motivated SEE public health professionals who can not leave their countries for work or family reasons, but nevertheless wish to combine work, research and public health practice. This philosophy is in line with the mission and vision of the PHR-Net which, through the support of Maastricht University, is seeking for effective and efficient solutions for reconstructing and strengthening public health research capacities in SEE countries. Click here for more information. ASPHER.


26.04.2010. | 3rd European Public Health Conference - Call for abstract submission. It is our pleasure to once again invite you to the next 3rd European Public Health Conference, taking place this year in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 10 to 13 November 2010. The organisers are the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), together with the Netherlands Public Health Federation (NPHF) as co-organiser. You are all invited to submit your abstracts via the following website.

Deadline for submission is this Saturday, 1 May 2010. This annual conference is the biggest public health event in Europe - and we expect over 1.000 participants from more than 50 countries. The conference offers an excellent opportunity to discuss new developments in public health, to promote activities and to exchange ideas with experts from all around the world. ”Integrated Public Health” is the central theme of the conference this year - and a key issue in European public health with its major challenges such as the growing interdependency of social, physical, environmental and behavioural determinants to public health in general and the emerging existence of Public Private Partnerships as a challenge to public health in particular. For further information or questions please contact us via This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


19.04.2010. | Today, at Teaching Scientific Board of the Medical Faculty University of Belgrade, the Centre School of Public Health has changed its name to be the Centre School of Public Health and Management. This change is inspired with the EU Project activities related to health management education and devoted to further developemtn of this functional Centre of the Medical Faculty.


15.04.2010. |  International Conference on Building PH Dialogue and the Role of NGO’s in Slovenia and the EU organized by Slovenian Tobacco Control Coalition and European Public Health Alliance - NGO network for health in Europe. The Conference took place in Ljubljana on March 26, 2010. ASPHER presented the fifth plenary workshop on Strengthening the Role of Public Health by Improving Education and Training of Public Health Professionals. Discussion has been very interesting and useful focusing on future collaboration of NGO sector in development of competencies within ASPHER working group. Participants have shown particular interest for the group of competencies “Cross-disciplinary themes”. In summary it can be said that in Slovenia an excellent model for the collaboration of NGO’s in the health sector has been developed which should be studied further. ASPHER


15.04.2010. |  Symposium on Life Long Learning in Health, Friday June 11 – 2010

Maastricht University, The Netherlands. We are pleased to announce the symposium on ‘Life Long learning in Health’ at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. The symposium is a joint effort of the Department of Educational Development and Research and the Department of International Health at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University in honour of Dr. Jos Moust and Drs. André Meijer, who will both retire in 2010. The topics addressed during this day include: Problem-based Learning; Generic Competencies and Competencies for Public Health; Instructional Design for Life Long Learning; and Positioning Life Long Learning in the Educational Market. ASPHER


14.04.2010. | Global Health: Commission calls on EU to gear up on health actions. On March 31, the European Commission adopted proposals to enhance the EU's role in global health. The objective is to make Europe's contribution more effective so as to better accompany developing countries in getting back on track towards achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commission presents four approaches to improving global health: establish a more democratic and coordinated global governance; push for a collective effort to promote universal coverage and access to health services to all; ensure better coherence between EU policies relating to health; improve coordination of EU research on global health and boost access in developing countries to new knowledge and treatments. Read more: ASPHER


14.04.2010. | Baltic Public Health Conference 2010 - Accomplishments and Challenges, 23–25 September 2010, Tartu (Estonia). The University of Tartu, National Institute for Health Development and Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs are pleased to invite you to the “Baltic Public Health Conference 2010 –Accomplishments and Challenges”. Conference programme has been prepared in cooperation with the Estonian Health Board, WHO Country Office in Estonia, Kaunas University of Medicine in Lithuania and Riga Stradins University in Latvia. The topics covered by the conference are broad and range from public health policy development and implementation to provision of qualified staff for health services (incl. public health training systems) to the current major health challenges in the Baltic countries. ASPHER


13.04.2010. | Health Education and Promotion at Maastricht University, The Netherlands Health Education and Promotion is a one-year graduate master’s course within the master’s programme Public health offered by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. The course provides students with a high level of academic knowledge and skills enabling them to analyse the behaviour and environmental factors that threaten or facilitate health and to design and evaluate interventions aimed at health improvements. The programme is intended for students who aspire to a career in health education and promotion and prospective public health officers and healthcare workers in research-oriented, policy-making or public affairs jobs where health education and promotion is deemed important. For more visit ASPHER.


08.04.2010. |  New book: Health Systems Governance in Europe. The Role of EU Law and Policy. This book, a co-publication by the OSE and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, was funded by the Belgian federal health authorities (SPF Santé Publique) and the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (NIHDI/INAMI). It offers a state of the art of academic discussion on a number of current and emerging governance issues in EU healthcare policy, including regulatory, legal, ‘new governance’ and policy-making dynamics. The study looks into different areas of EU policy and law-making that have an impact on national healthcare systems. It provides policy-makers with a compelling and rigorous analysis of the real and potential impacts of EU integration on the organisation of healthcare provision and the protection of public health, highlighting the need to balance economic and social imperatives. The editors: Elias Mossialos, Govin Permanand, Rita Baeten, Tamara K. Hervey.


08.04.2010. | Commission appoints Ms Paola Testori Coggi as Director-General of the DG for Health and Consumers. On March 31, the European Commission decided to appoint Mr Robert Madelin as Director-General of the DG for Information Society and Media, to replace Mr Fabio Colasanti, who retired on April 1. The Commission also appointed Ms Paola Testori Coggi to replace Mr Madelin as Director-General of the DG for Health and Consumers. Both decisions took effect on Thursday, April 1. Read more: ASPHER Brussels Office News


08.04.2010. | The Commission's work programme 2010. The Commission Work Programme (CWP) 2010 translates the priorities of President Barroso's political guidelines into concrete actions. Overall, emphasis of the CWP is on (1) putting the Europe 2020 Strategy into practice thereby building the basis for exiting the economic crisis and creating sustainable growth and jobs (2) enhancing the rights and security of European citizens and (3) strengthening Europe's role on the world stage. For the first time the CWP 2010 provides a multiannual overview of the work which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming years. This will not only improve predictability for all stakeholders, but also facilitate cooperation with the other EU institutions. Read more: ASPHER Brussels Office News


29.03.2010. | The Second Congress of Social Medicine of Serbia with International Participation: “Challenges of the Social Medicine in the 21st Century”, June 09 – June 12, 2010, Zlatibor. This Conference is organized with joint efforts of the Secsion for the Social Medicine of the Serbian Physicians’ Society and relevant institutions in Serbia dealing with social medicine and public health within academic and practical public health areas.


24.03.2010. | FESTMIH and ASPHER to collaborate on developing the European Academic Alliance for Global Health. Thomas Junghanss (FESTMIH) and Antoine Flahault (ASPHER) met recently in London at the meeting hosted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) aiming at developing the European academic initiative for Glohttp://www.aspher.org/pliki/pdf/copenhagen2011a1.pdfBest Poster Presentations:bal Health. The presidents of both organisations agreed on further close collaboration in developing the European Academic Alliance for Global Health. The Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH) was founded in Hamburg in 1995, during the first European Conference on Tropical Medicine. 13 European countries are currently represented on the Federation Council by their respective national societies. The objectives of the Federation are to build upon the interdisciplinary expertise of the national Societies in Europe, for developing European collaboration and North-South partnership towards health development in the tropics, in the respect of regional specificities. The Federation wants specifically to promote harmonisation of health strategies and recommendations related to developing countries, emergency situations and international travellers, to seek the advice from overseas partners for pertinent identification of their health and research priorities, to foster the formation in the tropics of new scientific societies dealing with health sciences, to encourage European harmonisation of training in tropical medicine, and to organise in Europe regular conferences on tropical medicine and international health. ASPHER


08.03.2010. | Europubhealth: Erasmus Mundus scholarships for European students. As of 2010, a new type of grant is available for students enrolled in the Europubhealth master: the Erasmus Mundus programme will award seven 2-year scholarships (10 000 €/year) to European students. Application deadline: April 15, 2010. Further information: www.europubhealth.org | This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it | T: +33 (0)2 99 02 26 70


08.03.2010. | Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management

Lugano (Ticino, Switzerland), from 9 to 20 August 2010. The Summer School in Public Health Policy, Economics and Management is organised by the Foundation Swiss School of Public Healthplus (SSPH+), the Institute of Microeconomics and Economics of the Public Sector (MecoP) of the University of Lugano and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH). Courses are intended for professionals and managers of health administrations, hospitals and other services and facilities within the health sector, policy-makers and any student registered for one of the continuous education programs coordinated and supported by the SSPH+. The Summer School is an opportunity to meet new colleagues and peers, to exchange knowledge, build networks, and share insights. The emphasis will be on participative approaches, complemented by formal teaching. More information can be found at www.ssphplus.ch/summerschool


01.03.2010. | Observatory Venice Summer School 2010. The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is happy to announce the Observatory Venice Summer School 2010. This event which is jointly organized with the Veneto Region - one of the Observatory’s partners - will take place from 25 to 31 July 2010 on the island of San Servolo in Venice. The theme for this year’s Summer School will be: EU integration and health systems: challenges and opportunities for patients, professionals and policy-makers. It will explore different EU policy fields to identify links with health and assess their impact on health systems. The Summer School is targeted at senior to mid-level policy-makers, planners, and health professionals as well as a limited number of junior professionals making careers in policy and management. The Summer School aims to have a participative approach involving the sharing of insights and experiences, together with formal sessions to review the evidence. For any questions regarding the Observatory Venice Summer School please This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.observatorysummerschool.org


09.02.2010. | ASPHER Executive Board approves the ASPHER Working Groups' Work Plans 2010. Following the January meeting of the ASPHER Executive Board, the Work Plans 2010 of the ASPHER Working Groups have been officially approved. ASPHER Working Groups are the newly established structures responding to the top 7 priorities identified by ASPHER members during the ASPHER 2015 consultation performed last year: 1. Accreditation for Public Health Education, chair: SJ Sitko, co-chair: Marie-Odile Ottenwaelter, R Kalediene; 2. Public Health Core Competencies chair: CA Birt, co-chair: A Foldspang, 3. Global Health, chair: A Haines, co-chair: A Flahault; 4. Doctoral Programmes and Research Capacities, chair: F Paccaud, co-chair: U Schlipkoeter; 5. Innovation and Good-practice in Public Health Education, chair: V Bjegovic-Mikanovic, co-chair: H Brand, 6. Ethics and Values in Public Health, chair: T Tulchinsky, co-chair: E Maeckelbergh, and 7. Public Health Advocacy and Communication, chair: P Moreira, co-chair: R Otok. ASPHER

09.02.2010. | The members of the Barroso Commission (2010-2014). The European Parliament approved 26 candidates for the European Commission. The vote was 488 in favour, 137 against (with 72 abstaining). The vote culminates a process that began in September when the president won parliamentary support for a second term. The new Commission was supposed to take office in November 2009 but the appointment was held up by delayed ratification of the Lisbon treaty and by the withdrawal of the Bulgarian candidate after her confirmation hearing in January. With Mr Barroso, the new line-up comprises 27 members, one from each EU country. Fourteen, including the president, served in the previous executive. Their term lasts five years. The Barroso II team will take office once EU leaders have formally appointed it. ASPHER


15.01.2010. | Parliamentary hearing Commissioner-designate for Health and Consumer Affairs John Dalli. On 14 January 2010, Europe’s Commissioner-Designate for Health and Consumer Affairs, John Dalli, underwent a public hearing from Members from the European Parliament in his bid to become the successor of Androulla Vassiliou – former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs (to become the new Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth). Click here if you want to find out John Dalli’s views on the recently rejected cross-border healthcare proposal, on tackling health inequalities by addressing social determinants of health and on the pharmaceutical package – an area that falls for the first time under the health and consumers portfolio. The European Parliament is now expected to hold a vote of consent on the new Commissioners on 26 January 2010, after which they will be formally appointed. [Source: EHMA New Bulleting.] ASPHER


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