Institute of Community & Public Health

The Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH) was established first as a unit in 1978, then as a department in 1982, and was recognized as an Institute by the University’s Board of Trustees in 1998.

Its development responded to the Palestinian community's urgent needs for independent and informed research, planning, health human resource development, and local model building of health care services.

The Institute's theoretical foundations are based on the social and political determinants of health; on understanding health and disease in context and as phenomena that takes shape over the life course; and on the necessity of inter-sectoral collaboration and community participation in the promotion of population's health.  The Institute's approach to public health is multidisciplinary, drawing on classical public health specialties, and on other fields such as sociology, economics, political science, history, education, and psychology.  Its activities entail working with the health, education, environment, social services, early childhood and planning sectors among others.