European Public Health Association

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European Public Health Association
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Founded 1992
Utrecht, Netherlands
Type Non-governmental organization
Focus Public health
Area served Europe
Method research, lobbying
Members 14,000 (2014)
Key people

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) is an umbrella organisation for public health associations and institutes in Europe. EUPHA is an international, multidisciplinary, scientific organisation, bringing together around 14’000 public health experts for professional exchange and collaboration throughout Europe.[1]

Its central office is based at the NIVEL (Nederlands instituut voor onderzoek in the gezondheidszorg) in Utrecht, Netherlands.[2]

Professor Martin McKee is president-elect.

History and mission[edit]

EUPHA was founded in 1992 by 15 members (12 countries). EUPHA’s mission is to build capacity and knowledge in the field of public health, and to support practice and policy decisions through scientific evidence and producing and sharing knowledge with its members and partners in Europe.


EUPHA has two sorts of membership: full membership, which is open for national public health associations in Europe (WHO/EURO definition of Europe) and the associate membership, open for individuals, international NGOs and public health institutions. In 2014, EUPHA has 71 members from 40 countries:

  • 41 national associations of public health
  • 18 institutional members
  • 8 European NGOs
  • 4 individual members

Organizational components[edit]


EUPHA encourages the creation of sections for specific public health themes, which are international and open to all public health professionals. The goal is to bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in the same field for knowledge sharing and capacity building. At the moment EUPHA has 19 operational sections and one proposed section:

  • Child and adolescent public health
  • Chronic diseases
  • Environment related disease
  • Ethics in public health
  • Food and nutrition
  • Health impact assessment
  • Health promotion
  • Health services research
  • Infectious diseases control
  • Injury prevention and safety promotion
  • Migrant and ethnic minority health
  • Public health economics
  • Public health epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Public health monitoring and reporting
  • Public health practice and policy
  • Public mental health
  • Social security and health
  • Urban public health
  • Health technology assessment (proposed)


In order to better support the activities of EUPHA and to include all aspects of public health, EUPHA has created four pillars to link EUPHA sections and EUPHA members. These pillars reflect the four working areas of public health: research, policy, practice and training and education.


EUPHAnxt is a network for students, young researchers, policymakers and professionals in the field of public health. The special EUPHAnxt subscriber status is accessible for all those under 35 years old. The aim of this initiative is to sensitize and involve students, young researchers, practitioners and policymakers interested in European public health issues into the European and multidisciplinary network of public health associations. In July 2014, EUPHAnxt has more than 700 subscribers.[3]

European Public Health Conference[edit]

EUPHA has been organising annual scientific conferences since 1992. The first conference was held in Paris in December 1992. Since 2008 the annual conference name was changed to “European Public Health Conference”, as the conferences are a joint effort with national public health associations and international partners. In 2014, the 7th European Public Health Conference “Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care” will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, from 19 to 22 November. The 8th European Public Health Conference “Health in Europe – from global to local: policies, methods and practices” will be held in Milan, Italy from 14 to 17 October 2015.[4]


European Journal of Public Health[edit]

EUPHA publishes a bi-monthly scientific journal together with Oxford University Press. The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal in the field of public health, publishing contributions from social medicine, epidemiology, health services research, management, ethics and law, health economics, social sciences and environmental health. The EJPH is published bimonthly. The journal provides a forum for discussion and debate of current international public health issues with a focus on the European region. In 2013, the impact factor of the journal increased to 2.516 (5-yr impact factor: 2.928).[5]

Past presidents[edit]

  • Prof Walter Ricciardi, Italy (2010-2014)
  • Prof Stanislaw Tarkowski, Poland (2010)
  • Prof Constantino Sakellarides, Portugal(2009)
  • Prof Ilmo Keskimäki, Finland (2008)
  • Prof John-Paul Vader, Switzerland (2007)
  • Prof Horst Noack, Austria (2006)
  • Prof Gunnar Tellnes, Norway (2005)
  • Prof Walter Ricciardi, Italy (2004)
  • Prof Wilhelm Kirch, Germany (2003)
  • Dr Viviane Van Casteren, Belgium (2002)
  • Prof Marc Brodin, France (2000-2001)
  • Prof Alena Petráková, Sweden (1999)
  • Prof Peter Allebeck, Sweden (1998)
  • Prof Carlos Alvarez-Dardet, Spain (1997)
  • Prof Klim McPherson, United Kingdom (1996)
  • Prof Ferenc Bojan, Hungary (1995)
  • Mrs Louise Gunning-Schepers, Netherlands (1992-1994)

References and notes[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1] – official website
  • [2] - EUPHA references in LifeCompetence Database
  • [3] - Website of the European Journal of Public Health
  • [4] - Declaration of president Ilmo Keskimaki on the cooperation between EUPHA and ASPHER, 2008
  • [5] - Article on the Journal of Public Health with considerations on the first 12 years of life of EUPHA, 2004
  • [6] - Official site of iHealth, the 2008 EUPHA Conference
  • [7] - EUPHA page in the Website of NIVEL, Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research, where EUPHA's headquarters are hosted
  • [8] - EUPHA and WHO/Europe meet to strengthen public health, 2010
  • [9] - Regional Director of WHO/Europe addresses European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Conference, 2010
  • [10] - The page of the website of the City Council of Utrecht listing its international cooperations, including the one with EUPHA
  • [11] - The NPHF, Nederlandse Public Health Federatie (Dutch Public Health Federation), announces the 3rd European Public Health Conference on its website