Founded in 1966, The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is the key independent organisation in Europe dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by impro...
Founded in 1966, The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is the key independent organisation in Europe dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving the education and training of public health professionals for both practice and research. It represents the academic component of development of the public health workforce of Europe for the future.
The mission of the Association is:
• To promote public health education, training, scientific research and service in Europe, and:
• To support the fostering, maintenance and future development of creative, dynamic, goal oriented and cost-effective education, training and research infrastructures and programmes, of high ethical and scientific standard, for public health workforce development, interacting with population health challenges and public health services and systems in Europe, and:
• To develop and sustain goal-oriented strategies and policies for the present and future interaction between systems for education/training, scientific research and practice in population health, and public health related systems and services.
Accordingly, the main functions of the Association are:
• To support the professionalization of the public health workforce in Europe, whilst respecting the diversity of national and regional contexts, in which each school of public health operates, and thus:
• To sustain capacity building in public health, so that it balances with national and European physical, mental, social and environmental population health challenges and threats, and is supported by best standards of public health education/training, scientific research, practice and systems.
Though ASPHER`s principal role includes the promotion of highest quality public health education/training and of the highest standards of public health practice, it also assumes full participation in the wider public health movement, with direct concern for both quality of health and equity in health, in each country, across Europe and globally, in order to achieve the goal of attaining a high level of health for all in Europe.