July 22, 2015- The Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA) has awarded full accreditation to The Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine , one of the five schools within The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine. The accreditation was awarded as of July 2015 for a six year term extending to July 31, 2021.
APHEA represents the five leading associations of public health in the European Region and is committed to the assurance and the improvement of the quality of educational activities throughout the European Region and around the world.
Alongside this institutional accreditation, APHEA Curriculum Validation was granted to the Braun School’s two Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree programs: the IMPH in English for international students, with over 800 graduates from 90 countries worldwide, and the MPH in Hebrew for Israeli students, with some 1,200 local graduates, many of whom hold key positions in Israel’s health system.
“This accreditation testifies to the superb work being conducted by the Braun School’s teachers and researchers, and reaffirms that that the School meets the highest standards of public health education and training,” said Professor Yehuda Neumark, Director of the Braun School. “Graduating from an accredited school also positions our graduates, both from Israel and abroad, to compete successfully for the best career opportunities.”
On September 9, 2015, the Braun School’s world-renowned International Master’s in Public Health program will graduate its 40th class, comprising 21 students from Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kosovo, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, Vietnam and two Palestinian students from East Jerusalem.
The International MPH program is made possible by donors who provide full scholarships to students from low-income countries, including the Pears Foundation of Britain, which endows the largest number of scholarships and underpins the associated alumni network; MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, a founding co-sponsor of the program; the Parasol Foundation Trust of Gibraltar; The Hebrew University and its British, American and Canadian Friends organizations; TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries; as well as individual supporters.
Since its inception in 1961, the Braun School has cultivated and sustained an integrated multidisciplinary environment that facilitates excellence in teaching, research, and creative academic activity. It offers curricula that promote interdisciplinary approaches to public health and prepare public health researchers, practitioners and teachers to identify, quantify and effectively address the complex public health challenges at the community level – be it a village, country, or the global community.
The Braun School is committed to self-assessment and strives toward continuous improvement of its academic programs and its development within the eminent academic environment that is The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine.
APHEA accreditation is a rigorous and comprehensive peer-review process which assesses and verifies the quality of public health schools and programs to ensure their continuous advancement. An on-site visit by peer-reviewers in April, 2015 validated the findings of a lengthy self-evaluation submitted by the school, which described in detail how the school meets each of the formal criteria including curricula, student learning outcomes, resources, student-faculty interaction and more.
The five public health associations represented by APHEA are: Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER); European Public Health Association (EUPHA); EuroHealthNet; European Public Health Alliance (EPHA); and European Health Management Association (EHMA).