History of development

In 1976, the School of Health Management (presently the Hanoi School of Public Health) was established with an important duty to train health managers at different levels for the public health sector in Viet Nam.

In 1990, the Public Health Faculty was first established with participation of three constituents: the School of Health Management, the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology of Hanoi Medical University, and the Center of Health Workforce (presently Health Strategy and Policy Institute - HSPI). The Office of this Public Health Faculty was located at the School of Health Management. Also in 1990, the school joined the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) with sufficient qualification of a Public Health institution at University level.

Especially since 1995, in response to the urgently real needs of building a really effective public health training institution, the Ministry of Health (MOH) decided to focus on strengthening the capacity of the school, especially in humane resource development. The MOH provided support for the leadership of the school. Since then, young staff were recruited and sent for core training under programs funded by the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) and China Medical Board of New York (CMB).

Also in 1995, a framework for Master degree of Public Health training curriculum was developed at the School of Health Management, with the help of the CMB, APACPH, and especially the direct participation of five professors as Deans from five Universities of Public Health in the United States, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand.

In 1996, with the support of the RF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the school started developing its Master of Public Health training program based on the above-mentioned training curriculum framework.

Since 1997, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) have provided the permission to the school for a pilot of ever-first Master of Public Health (MPH) training program at school as well as in Viet Nam, enrolling 24 learners in the first MPH course (1997), with a scale considered as quite large at the beginning. Given the spirit of constant effort and development, the school continued to build training programs for Doctoral degree of Public Health and Master of Hospital Management. In 2005, the Doctor of Public Health program was launched, and in 2008, the enrollment of students for the first Master of Hospital Management program was made.

The period from 1996 to present has seen many developments, with the help of the CMB, RF, US-CDC and Tulane University in different aspects such as improvement in knowledge, and training of staff to achieve high academic degrees in countries where public health discipline is highly developed.

On April 26, 2001, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 65/2001/QD-TTg to establish the Hanoi School of Public Health (HSPH). And in Oct 2016, the school has officially changed its English name to Hanoi University of Public Health (HUPH). Over the past sixteen years, HUPH has made significant progress in training, scientific research and supportive consultancy activities. From the first MPH course in 1997 with only 24 learners, HUPH now has more than 2,000 students pursuing 11 differnt undergraduate and graduate courses such as Bachelor of Public Health, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine, Master of Public Health, Master of Hospital Management, and Doctor of Public Health. Since 2006, the school has had about 1,500 BPH graduates from both full-time and in-service training, of whom 70% have been working in preventive medicine system; and 90% of new graduates could find a job within 6 months after graduation.

In Vietnam, HUPH has one of the two national centers for continuing education of health care managers. Health management Training Institute (HMTI), under HUPH, was established under Decision No. 3796/QD-BYT dated 24 September 2014 of the Minister of Health. HUPH has also contributed an important part in major researches and policy advocacy for injury prevention, tobacco control, etc. Especially, HUPH has maintained and developed good relations with international partners such as John Hopkins University (USA), KIT (the Netherlands), University of Leeds (UK), and so on. This can be seen as a particularly important factor in strengthening the capacity of HUPH in the fields of teaching and research.


History of development

At present, HUPH has nearly 20 field sites and many field epidemiology laboratories in the northen provinces, Vietnam such as Ha Noi, Hai Duong, Hung Yen, Bac Ninh, and Hoa Binh. HUPH has successfully conducted MPH courses with an approach of making public health skills and methods associated with field work (Public health Schools Without Walls - PHSWOW). The university has also conducted a number of large-scale studies, associating with most medical teaching institutions in the country and mobilized the active participation of postgraduate alumni.

In May 2008, HUPH was officially became a member of the Network for Education in International Health of Europe (TropEd). With spacious physical facilities, HUPH is ready to welcome international students from TropEd training systems to come for their study and research.

Besides, HUPH has been exchanging students with famous schools of public health in the world such as Tulane, Emory, John Hopkins and others.

In 2016, given the permission from the Government, with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), HUPH moved to its new campus in Duc Thang commune, Bac Tu Liem district, Ha Noi with a total area of 5.7 ha. The new campus provides a modern and large-scale building to meet the growing demand for better quality in teaching, learning, scientific research, and services of HUPH.