Department of Preventive Medicine

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The Department of Preventive Medicine (DPM) at the School of Public Health (SPH) of Addis Ababa University (AAU) was established in January 2010 in line with the restructuring of the different health training categories under the auspices of the University in the College of Health Sciences. Although the then Department of Community Health was transformed in to the SPH in October 2007, the School was formally recognized and restructured in to three departments in 2010. Currently, the SPH is accountable to the College of Health Sciences. The DPM is one of the two departments at the SPH. There is a possibility that the current units will evolve into several departments based on the availability of human and financial resources.

The DPM has an MPH graduate study program in epidemiology, field epidemiology MPH and a PhD in epidemiology. Both MPH and PhD programs of the DPM specialize in epidemiology and Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) are competency-based training and service program in applied epidemiology and public health that builds the capacity to strengthen the surveillance and response system in countries where they are implemented. .

The DPM shares the Mission and Vision stated by the school of public health


The primary aim of the DPM is the provision of graduate study and research training opportunities leading to MPH and PhD degrees in epidemiology, field epidemiology and other preventive medicine fields.

Training objectives:  Train leaders in applied epidemiology and preventive medicine practice on problem solving issues of public health concern and strengthen capacity of other universities.

Research objectives: Conduct research activities on priority public health problems and improve communications and networking within the country and worldwide.

Service objectives: Provide epidemiologic services to national and sub-national health governmental, international and non-governmental organizations in Ethiopia.