The Origin of the Institute
The Institute of Public Health (the Institute) was established in 1994 within the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife with a mission of becoming a centre for generating ideas about health development, health promotion and disease prevention programmes in line with national health policy and priorities.
Since its founding, the Institute has continued to grow in stature and expanded its vision to be the leading academic public health institute in sub-Saharan Africa, and an increasingly recognized force in national, regional and international public health development efforts. Its mission has evolved to promoting multi-disciplinary public health scholarship, policy and practice with the following focus areas:
- Generate innovative ideas to promote health and development
- Advance multidisciplinary & translational research in health and development
- Promote quality health-related services and public health programming
- Develop competency-oriented training programmes and skilled workforce
- Facilitate evidence-based policy development and implementation.
The Institute has Faculty status within the University, and constitutes one of the four elements of the College of Health Sciences along with the Faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences and Dentistry. The Institute was set-up to be self-sustaining and self-financing. It is, at present, the only Institute of Public Health in Nigeria.
The Current Scope of the Institute
In line with the three-fold mission of the university, the Institute’s primary activities are in three domains: Training; Research; and Services. In addition, the Institute distributes three significant publications: Health Matters, Public Health Strides, and a technical series.
Leadership of the Institute
As a unit of OAU, the Director of the Institute is appointed by the University Vice-Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Provost of the College of Health Sciences.