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Assoc.Prof. Narongsak Noosorn, PhD.
(Dean)

      On behalf of the Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, it is our 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 Lower-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 October 1st, 2003, as the resolution of Naresuan University Council Meeting No. 107 (3/2546), held on May 31st, 2003. Its purpose is to produce public health professionals at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels through our Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs. We are keen to develop new body of knowledge and innovative solutions to address health problems, and more importantly 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.

                                                           

                                                                          Prof. Dr. Paichit Pawabutr
                                                                      (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 staffs, senior advisors, experts, as well as a strong team of supporting staff. Consequently, we are currently able to offer seven academic programs at different levels as follows (please see for further details in the Technical Section):

Doctoral degree level

  • Doctor of Public Health (Thai program)
  • Doctor of Public Health (International program)

 

 

Masters degree level

  • Master of Public Health

 

 

Bachelors 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 are some of district health promoting hospitals as well as community hospital, 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 Health Services Network, thereby increasing its capacity in becoming our rural health training centers. 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 international collaborations, we have successful ventures with Australia, New Zealand, and Laos. As a result, we currently have a joint staff and student exchange program being carried out with collaborative university networks as follows:

 

  • The University of New England of Australia
  • University of Western Australia
  • Federation University Australia
  • Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand
  • Massey University of Palmerston North in New Zealand
  • College of health Sciences Savannakhet, Laos

 

Moreover, we are very proud that the Faculty had 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 had been recognized as the Center of Expertise on Leadership in Health Management by the Network of WHO Collaborating Centers and Centers 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 raise 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, We are hopeful that the challenges ahead will enhance capacity of our students as well as staffs in order to achieve our organizational value (PHNU: Partnership, Humanity, New Knowledge, and Unity). The PHNU will be able to serve health-related development in lower-northern region of Thailand.