The discipline of Public Health has a long and illustrious history in the country Ethiopia, University of Gondar, forming the very foundations of the profession. The University of Gondar was initially established in 1947E.C. as a Public Health College and Training Center (PHC&TC) and has been a pioneer for expanding public health practice and training key public health professionalsin Ethiopia ever since The Public Health and Training Centre trained middle-level health personnel (health officers, community nurses and sanitarians) and laid the foundation for team approach and community based teaching of health professionals in Ethiopia.

As the University transitioned through different stages of development, it maintained and nurtured its deep-rooted commitment to the discipline of Public Health. When the PHC&TC developed into the Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences (GCMS), the public health and related works were undertaken by the Department of Community Health. The Department served as a leader in public health services, research and community services. It undertakes a range of activities in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc/MPH/PhD) students; developing and managing the Team Training Program; and developing and coordinating the Dabat Rural Health Surveillance (now known as Dabat Research Center).

The work of the Department of Community Health steadily grew developing into the School of Public Health in 2000 and the Institute of Public Health (IPH) in 2003 E.C. This re-establishment was done to tackle the challenges in public health practices of the community, compete with the advancement in the training and service demand in Ethiopia.

The IPH was founded in 2010 G.C. growing from The School of Public Health with the revised organizational structure of the school. It comprises of 8 departments (Public Health Officer, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Service Management and Health Economics, Human Nutrition, Health Education and Behavioral Sciences, Reproductive Health, and Health Informatics).

The institute currently has more than 1,210 students (34 PhD, 504 in postgraduate and 672 in undergraduate programs).


To be one of the leading being a regional center of public health excellence in problem solving training, advancement of knowledge, advocacy including operational research and involvement in conducting international and national community services as well as continuing education on the basis of demand from the Ministry of Health and other agencies in East Africa by 2030.


‘‘Institute of Public Health’’ is committed to produce vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens through societal needs tailored education, conduct problem solving research; and strengthen community engagement.

Overview of IPH

With a proud tradition dating back six decades, the Institute of Public Health continues to be a pioneer in the field of public health within the country. Our Institute provides quality education, research, consultancy services and leadership to improve public health and eliminate health disparities. Our teaching and research activities focus on practical applications of both basic and advanced public health sciences in order to solve community health and health-related problems in the nation. Our community services are designed to help us share our existing knowledge and expertise in order to minimize/eliminate health and health-related problems and assist in the development of a healthier society.

Applicants with Masters in other health fields are also eligible but they should audit courses. The applicant should have done thesis for his/her master’s degree or should publish a research as principal investigator after finishing his/her masters.