Current Students 2014/2015
At the beginning of this academic year, 16 students were admitted to the MPH program, bringing the total number of enrolled students to 32.
Our students come from various parts of the West Bank, although increasingly from the central West Bank districts because of the restrictions on movement imposed by the Israeli military.
Our students come from various disciplines: almost half are professionals in occupations related to health, such as pharmacists, nutritionists, laboratory technicians and therapists. About a quarter are health professionals, such as physicians, dentists and nurses, and the rest have backgrounds in the natural and social sciences or engineering.
Our students occupy positions in various sectors. They work in governmental organizations (such as ministries), local or international non-governmental health organizations, and the private sector.
ICPH hosts a community and public health forum engaging its graduates, faculty, researchers, staff and students in maintaining contact with each other. This forum assists in exchanging information and fostering cooperation among the various health, education, environment and social services sectors. Activities include the annual general meeting; alumni assistance in the orientation of new students; encouragement and support for strong candidates’ applications to graduate programs, and the coordination of guest lectures benefitting from the pool of expertise. Through the forum’s email, members share news, interesting papers, and invitations to health related events. Many of our alumni also maintain close personal contact with the institute. We continue to function as advisors, mentors and a general source of support. The institute regularly offers continuing education opportunities to it alumni, Many alumni attend the weekly public lectures that ICPH offers to current students.
Sharing values of human rights, primary health care and social justice, students and alumni have become advocates for change in these fields. This can be seen in the changes achieved in alumni and students’ places of work, but it is also evident in their contributions to meetings, conferences and policy level debates. While policy change at the upper levels may be difficult, improved practices and de facto policy making at the mid level can be a successful strategy.
While the above is true for many, some alumni have reported frustration and disappointment because of their inability to turn what they learned into practice, given the structural constraints. The periodic states of intensified emergency are additional impediments to improving practice. Projects and programs are often interrupted in order to address crises. This slows down development, and the question as to whether we are able to combine system development requirements with crisis management must be raised.
The year 2013/2014 marked the graduation of the seventeenth class of our MPH program. With this new batch of graduates, the number of ICPH alumni reached 311 (132 males and 179 females).
Overall, one fourth of our alumni are either physicians, dentists or veterinarians, one third are nurses or midwives, one fourth are part of the allied health professional pool, and the rest have had backgrounds in basic natural or social sciences, economics or engineering.
Our alumni occupy positions in various sectors in the community including governmental institutions (such as ministries, governorates and municipalities), non-governmental organizations, UNRWA and the private sector.