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           On behalf of the Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in our Faculty. We all are very proud of our Faculty’s being the first Faculty of Public Health in the region of Northern Thailand. We are determined to place our Faculty at the forefront of public health research, in addition to training and producing high-quality public health personnel. These efforts are put in place in response to the needs for health development and in resolving the problems found in the lower-northern region, which also expands the entire country.

          The Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, was established on 1 October 2003, as per the resolution of Naresuan University Council Meeting No. 107 (3/2546), held on 31 May 2003. Its purpose is to produce public health professionals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels through our Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programmes. We are keen to develop new body of knowledge and innovative solutions to address health problems, and more importantly to respond to the health needs of Thai Society, particularly in the lower-northern region.

          The Faculty’s establishment effort was kindly undertaken under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Paichit Pawabutr, who is a former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health and the founding Dean of the Faculty.

      The Faculty has made rapid progress as a result of the determination of its former and current administrators, whose contributions were considerably reinforced by the extensive efforts and expertise from all teaching staff, senior advisors, experts, as well as a strong team of supporting staff. Consequently, we are currently able to offer seven academic programmes at different levels as follows (please see for further details in the Technical Section):
Doctoral degree level

  • Doctor of Public Health

Master’s degree level

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health (Primary Health Care Management)

Bachelor’s degree level

  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health

          The Faculty fosters close collaborations with the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand in addition to several other renowned agencies in producing public health graduates and undertaking academic development activities. A notable working relationship between the Faculty and the Ministry of Public Health brought about the provision of public health training sites for our undergraduates, in both primary and secondary health services. These training sites belong to Lomsak Health Services Network and the District Health Office (situated in Lomsak, Petchabun Province), which come under the authority of the Ministry of Public Health. Such close relationship led to a signed Memorandum of Understanding for the development of Lomsak district Health Services Network, thereby increasing its capacity in becoming our rural health training centres. This concept of system-based learning is of uttermost importance in that it ensures a linkage between professional education and health conditions (demand for health workforce).

          In addition to our national collaborations, we have successful ventures with Australia. As a result, we currently have a joint staff and student exchange programme being carried out with the University of New England, and the Australasian College of Health Service Management. Moreover, we are very proud that the Faculty has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the Reference Library of WHO Publications, the second of its kind in Thailand. Plus, the Faculty has been recognised as the Centre of Expertise on Leadership in Health Management by the Network of WHO Collaborating Centres and Centres of Expertise in Thailand (NEW-CCET).

          We challenge our academics and students to conduct research studies to seek ways and means of resolving health problems and/or develop health systems especially those closely related to their fields. The areas of emphasis include primary health care development, primary care services, leadership development for the management of health care facilities, and health development for rural residents.

          Furthermore, our activities extended to raising the status and awareness of Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (ATTM) by opening a Practitioners Clinic, named “Asom Sa-lao Clinic”, the first in the lower-northern region. Its primary purpose is to provide ATTM services to the community. It also serves as the place for hands-on learning of our undergraduate students. It is of our great interest to integrate both modern and traditional medicine into the science of public health, which will result in high-quality health services and ultimately the well-being of the people in a holistic manner.

          To date, the Faculty has produced a large number of qualified public health professionals whom are the true reflection of our determination and desire to create human resources for health with the capability in providing quality health services to the people in both urban and rural communities. Above all, our graduates are leaders in transforming the delivery of health services, focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and community heath development.

          As we continue to advance forward and nurture collaborations with our partners, I am hopeful that the challenges ahead will bring the rewards we all deserve.