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History 
In 1995, Naresuan University endorsed the proposal from the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Community Medicine to offer the Bachelor of Public Health Degree Programme (2-Year Continuing Education); and in 1997, it was changed to a 4-year programme operated in collaboration with the Sirindhorn College of Public Health at Phitsanulok. In 2002, the Master of Public Health Degree Programme, both Plans A and B, was offered on the University’s campuses in Phitsanulok and Phayao provinces.
In 2003, Professor (Special) Dr. Paichit Pawabutr, former permanent secretary of the Ministry of Public Health and advisor to the President of Naresuan University, and Dr. Phudit Tejativaddhana, who was then director of the Health Science Research Institute, submitted a proposal to establish the Faculty of Public Health to the University Council, which approved the proposal in its meeting No. 107/(3/2546) on 31 May 2003. As a result, the Faculty of Public Health began to officially function on 1 October 2003, with Professor (Special) Dr. Paichit Pawabutr as the founding Dean; its focus is leadership in modern public health administration for health promotion, research for developing and seeking knowledge as well as innovations for solving health problems in response to social health needs and health care reforms especially for primary health care and health promotion. At present, the Faculty offers 8 academic programmes at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels and enrolls 1,500 new students each year.
In 2008, the Faculty established the Applied Thai Traditional Medicine (Applied TTM) Centre, the first centre of this kind in the lower-northern region of the country, commonly known as “Arsom Salao”, to provide clinical and technical services of applied TTM to the community as well as to serve as the clinical practice site for students in this field. Besides, the Centre also aims to create and develop the integration of modern medicine and Thai traditional medicine as well as the science of public health so that there will be good-quality health services for the people so that they will have healthy status in a holistic manner.
Moreover, the Faculty is supported by the Network for World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinating Centres and Centres of Expertise in Thailand (NEW-CCET) to set up the Centre of Expertise on Leadership in Health Management (CELHM) for the purpose of building up leadership, knowledge and skills for health services management with better efficiency and quality for the people in a thorough and equitable manner, according to WHO’s primary health care strategy.

Philosophy and determination 
Philosophy

Promoting health and morality, develolping Thai public health, and moving towards international recognition and collaboration.

Detertmination 
The Facultiy of Public Health is a learning organization with excellence in creating health wisdom and producing/developing health personnel equipped with knowledge, morality, ethics, and leadership for changes in response to the strengthening of healh services systems to be of good quality in a continuous and sustainable manner using the primary health care strategy of the World Health Organization.

Vision, mission and goals  

Vision
The Faculty of Public Health is a leader in health promotion, public health development, and Thai traditional medicine of the region; produces health personnel with knowledge, morality and ethics; conducts research and local wisdom development; and provides technical services with integrated modern technology for national as well as international recognition.

Mission
1. To produce graduates with knowledge, morality, ethics, professional code of ethics in public health, and self-reliance capability.
2. To develop the knowledge of public health in response to the needs of society and the country. 
3. To promote various forms of technical services using the knowledge management principles consistent with changes in society and the country.
4. To preseve Thai traditions and cultures as well as local health wisdom.

Goals
       1. Being the Faculty that aims to produce quality graduates with skills to run public health programmes as health professionals with morality, ethics and professional code of ethics, self-reliance ability, capability to conduct research for creating knowledge.
2. Being the Faculty that aims to conduct research for public health prolem-solving and development in response to heath needs of society and the country.
3. Being the Faculty that serves as a source of technical services and creates public health learning society at the national and international levels.
4. Being the Faculty that supports and promotes the preservation of good Thai traditions, cultures and local health wisdom.

Development policy
The Faculty of Public Health, Naresuan University, aims to produce high-quality graduates in response to the needs of society and the country through the participatory management process, using the edicational quality assurance system in its planning and operations for the maximum efficiency of the organization, in eight aspects as follows:

Policy on the production of graduates
(1) Focus on improving the quality of all bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programmes up to the national standards, and later to the international standards, through the support for multidisciplinary teaching/learning processes so that the students can integrate and apply the knowledge in their actual work.
(2) Focus on producing graduates with the capacity to respond to the basic health needs of the people, to be leaders in public health programmes including health promotion and Thai traditional medicine that are responsive to the needs of health-care recipients, and to be prepared to be leaders in health care reforms using modern technology in an integrated manner for national and international recognition.
(3) Focus on creating academic networks for jointly developing practice or experiential learning sites for students within the country and abroad. 
(4) Focus on enhancing the academic and research capacity of lecturers for improving teaching/learning processes.
(5) Support the operations of the Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Centre as the clinical practice site for applied TTM students in accordance with the requirements of the Applied TTM Professional Council.
(6) Focus on developing teaching/learning materials and the preparedness of supporting factors for teaching/learning purposes such as classrooms and laboratories.

Policy on development of students
(1) Promote the operations of the Public Health Students Club and support students’ participation in the activities of various clubs of the University.
(2) Build up the capacity of students by promoting/supporting their programmes/projects on technical capacity building, health promotion, morality/ethics/personality promotion, art/cultural preservation, and community service.
(3) Develop the identity of public health students as leaders in health with public spirit, and support/promote students’ strengths and participation in promoting people’s healthy condition.
(4) Promote and support the operations of units and/or staff members responsible for academic and professional counseling as well as the lecturers/counselors development programme so that they are efficient and responsive to the production of graduates with desirable characteristics.
(5) Promote the establishment of a Public Health Alumni’s Club for maintaining technical relationships among different classes of public health graduates from the Faculty.

Policy on research
(1) Stimulate and promote research studies of lecturers and students as the essential basis for creating research work that leads to the creation of knowledge for application in problem solving and technical development for the benefit of the general public.
(2) Support and promote research that responds to the development of curriculums, teaching/learning quality, and technical services.
(3)  Campaign for creating the research atmosphere and ethics among researchers to enhance the Faculty’s research culture, pool resources, and set up a multidisciplinary research team to conduct research aimed at national health system development as well as problem solving at the local level.
(4) Have in place a system for research monitoring and evaluation as well as research quality assurance by establishing evaluation criteria so as to obtain good-quality research results that can be published in nationally and internationally recognized journals.
(5) Promote the dissemination of research results within the country and abroad to create recognition and expansion of educational and research quality on a continuous basis.
(6) Acquire resources and funds for research from the public and private sectors, including academic institutions, within the country and abroad, using the management and maintenance measures for improving the information system so that it is up to date for the Faculty to reach the goal of academic excellence.
(7) Create research networks linking academic, public and private institutions within the country and abroad, using the management and maintenance measures for improving the information system so that it is up to date for the Faculty to reach the goal of academic excellence.
(8) Draw up a research and academic service programme jointly by academic and support personnel using a teamwork approach among all concerned in the Faculty.

Policy on technical services 
(1) Promote the setting up of technical services in collaboration with other institutions within the country and abroad aimed at health care and public health development in response to the health needs of rural residents.
(2) Support the provision of technical services such as training for health volunteers and officials of local government organizations as well as short- and long-term training courses in response to the needs of health personnel of relevant agencies.
(3) Support the development of the Centre of Expertise on Leadership in Health Management to serve as the centre for coordination of training, research, teaching/learning, and technical services for health programme managers and health professionals; and then further develop the centre as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Services Management.
(4) Support the development of a centre of occupational health, environmental health, and community health to serve as the centre for coordinating training, research, teaching/learning, and technical services in such fields.

Policy on educational quality assurance
(1) Improve the Faculty’s system and mechanism for educational quality assurance so that it is efficient and capable of taking actions according to the requirements of the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC), the Office for NationalEducation Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA) and the University.
(2) Support and promote the efforts of all lecturers and support staff at all levels to be conscious of educational quality assurance and integrate it into their routine functions.
(3) Support and promote the dissemination of knowledge about educational quality assurance to students.
(4) Support the use of results of educational quality assessments in improving the performance of the Faculty and publicizing the results to the public.
(5) Support the use of knowledge management (KM) principles as a tool for improving the work on educational quality assurance.

Policy on health services
(1) Focus on the provision of good-quality services with continuous improvement in response to the development of activities related to teaching/learning, research and technical services.  
(2) Support the operations of the Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Centre including health-care provision, using Thai traditional wisdom, as well as their distribution of goods and products for health promotion and health care.

Policy on art and cultural preservation                  
(1) Promote the integration of Thai art and cultural preservation into all existing curriculums so that all lecturers, support staff and students will have positive and suitable attitudes such as loyalty to the nation, religion, the monarch and the royal family; respect for the elderly; being good citizens; volunteer spirit; democracy; honouring women; sacrifice; and health-equity awareness.    
(2) Encourage all lecturers, support staff and students to be the persons with moral and ethical values as well as professional code of ethics.
(3) Promote the preservation of local health wisdom.
(4) Promote the organizing of Thai art/cultural maintenance activities such as traditions on important days for preserving Thainess and loyalty to the nation, religion and the monarch.   
(5) Encourage lecturers, support staff and students to practise health culture such as no littering in public places, closing the mouth/nose while coughing or sneezing, washing hands, etc.        

Policy on administration
(1) Promote and support the participation of all sectors in the development of administrative and management systems of the Faculty so that it is most effective and efficient.
(2) Promote the formulation of staffing pattern as well as job descriptions for personnel at all levels, the performance evaluation system on a continuous and participatory basis, and the use of evaluation results for continually improving the Faculty’s administrative and management processes.
(3) Promote the financial and budgeting administration and management according to the democratic and good governance principles. 
(4) Focus on the setting up of a personnel performance monitoring and evaluation system for improving working systems in accordance with the policies of the University and the government.
(5) Focus on the setting up of an information system for management purposes and decision-making of administrators and for the convenience of health-care recipients.
(6) Improve the public relations activities by publicizing the existing curriculums and news on the Faculty’s activities through the Faculty’s communication channels to create acceptance and to publicize the Faculty’s reputation.
(7) Promote the holding of revenue-raising activities such as technical services, short- and long-term training courses, and the operations of the Applied Thai Traditional Medicine Centre.  
(8) Promote staff performance evaluations that link to the annual promotion consideration based on the principles of merit, transparency and accountability.