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Public health in Europe

In the European arena of public health, there are a number of governmental and nongovernmental organisations working in the general field of public health. We all pursue the same ultimate goal which is to promote public health in Europe.


On this page, we are providing short information on important actors in the field of public health in Europe, with reference to their websites.


You are also invited to visit our European map to find out more country specific information.


The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe works with all 53 countries in Europe with over 880 million people. WHO/EURO shares a common goal: ensuring that the Region’s citizens enjoy better health.
Website: www.euro.who.int


Together with the Member States, the EU works to protect and promote the health of European people. For the Commission, health is a key priority.
DG Sanco: http://ec.europa.eu/health/index_en.htm
EU Health Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/health-eu/
PHEA (public health executive agency): http://ec.europa.eu/phea/index_en.html
DG Research: http://ec.europa.eu/research/


ECDC is an EU agency with the mission to identify, assess and communicate current and emergent threats to human health from communicable diseases. From its centre in Stockholm, the agency works in broad partnership with the major public health actors in Europe.
Website: http://www.ecdc.europa.eu


The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe.
Website: http://www.euro.who.int/observatory


ASPHER – the Association of Schools of Public Health in Europe - is the key independent organisation in Europe dedicated to strengthening the role of public health by improving education and training of public health professionals for practice and research.
Website: http://www.aspher.org/


The aim of the Association is to improve health management and health policies through the development and exchange of both ideas and practices among academics, researchers, managers, clinicians, policy makers and consumers throughout Europe.
Website: http://www.ehma.org


The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) represents around 100 non-governmental and other not-for-profit organisations working in support of health in Europe. EPHA aims to promote and protect the health interests of all people living in Europe and to strengthen the dialogue between the EU institutions, citizens and NGOs in support of healthy public policies.
Website: www.epha.org


The mission of The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (the IUHPE) is to promote global health and to contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and within countries of the world. The IUHPE fulfils its mission by building and operating an independent, global, professional network of people and institutions to encourage the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, know-how, experiences, and the development of relevant collaborative projects, both at global and regional levels.
Website: www.iuhpe.org


EACH – the European Association for communication in healthcare - is an interdisciplinary non-profit organisation which brings together researchers and trainers in the field of communication in healthcare. Its objectives are to facilitate the exchange of ideas and products of teaching and research activities across a network of individuals and institutions in Europe and beyond. 
Website: www.each.nl


The European Association of Dental Public Health was founded in 1996 as an international and independent science-based forum for professionals having a special interest in dental public health and community dentistry.
Website: www.eadph.org/


ESQH is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of quality in European healthcare.
Website: www.esqh.net


Established in 2005, the European Forum for primary care intends to improve the health of the population of Europe by strengthening Primary Care. In several countries of Europe Primary Care is well developed, in others less so. We all can learn from each other however and create and seize the opportunities there are to make sure that all countries enjoy the benefits of Primary Care.
Website: www.euprimarycare.org/