National Public Health Capacity Building: Shaping Ethiopia’s Public Health Landscape for a Century

The National Public Health Capacity Building (NPHCB) of the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) has been the cornerstone of public health education and training in Ethiopia for the past century. Through its comprehensive and cutting-edge training programs, the NPHCB has been instrumental in building the capacity of health workers and professionals across the country, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to tackle evolving public health challenges.

One of the NPHCB’s most significant contributions has been its role in training the next generation of epidemiologists. EPHI has produced a cadre of highly skilled epidemiologists who have gone on to work in various public health institutions across Ethiopia, strengthening the country’s disease surveillance and response capabilities, and playing a pivotal role in safeguarding the nation’s health.

In addition to its renowned epidemiology training, the NPHCB has also been at the forefront of capacity building in other essential public health domains, including health promotion, environmental health, and health management. By providing comprehensive, high-quality training to health workers at all levels, the NPHCB has been instrumental in elevating the quality of health services and improving health outcomes across the country.

The NPHCB’s impact extends beyond its training programs. The Institute has developed a comprehensive and dynamic public health curriculum, constantly updated to reflect the latest advancements in the field, ensuring that Ethiopia’s health professionals are equipped with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to address current and emerging public health threats.

The NPHCB has also forged strategic partnerships with universities and other educational institutions, further expanding the reach and impact of its training programs. These collaborations have not only enhanced the academic rigor of the NPHCB’s offerings but have also contributed to the overall strengthening of public health education in Ethiopia.

Recognizing the importance of continuous learning, the NPHCB has also been a leader in providing ongoing professional development opportunities for health practitioners. Through workshops, seminars, and other learning initiatives, the NPHCB has ensured that Ethiopia’s public health workforce remains at the forefront of the field, constantly adapting to new challenges and delivering the highest standard of care.

Underpinning the NPHCB’s success is its robust evaluation and quality assurance processes, which have enabled the institute to continuously improve its training programs and maintain its reputation as a premier provider of public health education in Ethiopia. This unwavering commitment to excellence has been a driving force behind the NPHCB’s enduring impact on the country’s public health landscape.


In shaping the skills and knowledge of Ethiopia’s public health workforce for a century, the NPHCB has played a pivotal role in strengthening the nation’s resilience and health security. As Ethiopia continues to navigate evolving public health challenges, the NPHCB’s legacy and ongoing contributions will remain instrumental in safeguarding the well-being of its people.