• Ensuring greater academic RECOGNITION on the global stage.

• Promoting TRANSFERABILITY of public health education & training.

• Increasing EMPLOYABILITY of public health graduates.

• Attesting the QUALITY of Public Health Workforce training.




Core Curriculum Areas

The curriculum contents of the programmes throughout Europe are expected to include a range of disciplines or content. The content should ensure that students are exposed to a fully modern and comprehensive public health curriculum.

The Core areas outlined in the table are derived by research conducted through an ASPHER working group on core competencies. This work outlines a series of competencies which are associated with each of the core areas. The document can be downloaded here and also found on the research pages.




A. Introduction

  1. Introduction and/or essentials in public health

B. Methods in public health

  1. Epidemiological methods,
  2. Biostatistical methods,
  3. Qualitative research methods,
  4. Survey methods

C. Population health and its determinants

  1. Environmental sciences (including physical, chemical and biological factors),
  2. Communicable disease,
  3. Non-communicable disease,
  4. Occupational health,
  5. Social and behavioural sciences,
  6. Health risk assessment,
  7. Health inequalities along social gradient

D. Health policy, economics, and management

  1. Economics,
  2. Healthcare systems planning,
  3. Organisation and management,
  4. Health policy,
  5. Financing health services,
  6. Health programme evaluation,
  7. Health targets

E. Health education and promotion

  1. Health education,
  2. Health promotion,
  3. Health protection and regulation,
  4. Disease prevention

F. Other/Cross-disciplinary themes (mandatory or elective courses)

  1. Biology for public health,
  2. Law,
  3. Ethics,
  4. Ageing,
  5. Nutrition,
  6. Maternal and child health,
  7. Mental health,
  8. Demography,
  9. IT use,
  10. Health informatics,
  11. Leadership and decision- making,
  12. Social psychology,
  13. Global public health,
  14. Marketing,
  15. Communication and advocacy,
  16. Health anthropology,
  17. Human rights,
  18. Programme planning and development,
  19. Public health genomics,
  20. Technology assessment

G. Integrating Experience, practicum/Internship/ final project /thesis/ dissertation/exam /memoire

  1. Supervised by faculty (full time and/or adjunct)

X.   Other / additional competences and learning areas

Inclusion of competences not included in the list above but which are used by applicants. These can be discipline related or "soft" / transferable skills for example. They can apply to all curriculum/module and integrating experience elements.