Welcome to this booklet about the oldest and most comprehensive college of public health in Taiwan. I became Dean of College of Public Health (CPH) at National Taiwan University (NTU) in August 2011. Currently CPH consists of 6 teaching units, including Department of Health (DPH), Institute of Health Policy and Management (HPM), Institute of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (EPM), Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene (OMIH), Institute of Environmental Health (EH), and Master of Public Health Degree Program (MPH). The mission of CPH is to improve the health of populations worldwide by devoting to education, research and service. The vision of CPH is to be a leading institution that fosters future public health professionals and leaders with sound scientific reasoning and humane caring, pursues innovation and excellence, and is dedicated to developing effective solutions to public health issues.
CPH provides one bachelor’s degree program (DPH), five master’s degree programs (HPM, EPM, OMIH, EH, and MPH), and four doctoral degree programs (HPM, EPM, OMIH, and EH). The curricula of each degree program is designed based on the five core competencies of public health, including Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Biostatistics, Health Services Administration, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Health Sciences. For both undergraduate and graduate programs, their subject areas share common cores but with different depths and differential emphasis on specialty.
Up to May 2014, CPH has 48 full-time faculty members and 9 full-time project faculty members, including 27 Professors, 11 Associate Professors, 10 Assistant Professors, and 9 Project Assistant Professors. In addition, 3 more full-time faculty members are expected to join CPH after August. All faculty members have a PhD or ScD degree (32 from the US, 3 from the UK, and 12 of them have an additional professional degree MD or DDS). Their fields of expertise cover the core fields of public health.
The number of students at CPH is around 554 graduate students (about 202 doctoral and the remaining master’s degree students) and 158 undergraduate students. The staff of CPH consists of 15 regular and project staff members, 6 academic assistants, 16 postdoctoral fellows, and 69 research assistants. In addition, more than 350 graduate students have stipends to work as teaching assistants for courses, providing more than 2000 person-months per year.
Since CPH moved into the new building in 2006, the allocation of teaching and research equipment and facilities improved substantially. Currently CPH has four types of centralized lab facilities: biological, chemical, physical, and computer labs. The former three types of “wet” labs are located in the 9th and 10th floor, while the “dry” computer labs are located in 2nd floor and 5th floor. All the faculty members and students at CPH have access to facilities and equipment within CPH and across campus to undertake cutting-edge research. Students have access to two computer clusters for students to carry out general and advanced computing facilities. All the classrooms are equipped with computers and data projectors.
Over the years, faculty members and research students obtain many grants to fund their research, and several faculty members have been awarded prestigious research and teaching awards. In the past five years, the number of research projects has shown a steady increase from 97 in 2008 to 126 in 2013, with the number of faculty members remaining the same. On average, every faculty member has 2-3 projects every year.
The CPH faculty has been highly productive in scholarly research and made significant contributions to the fields relevant to Public Health over the past decades. In the past 5 years, this trend continues to be shown in the following aspects: 1) the increasing number of peer-reviewed journal articles enrolled in Science Citation Index (SCI) or Social Science Citation Index (SSCI). In particular, the number of papers published in high-impact journals (e.g., Impact Factor > 5 or > 10), which on average emphasize more on innovation or impact to the field, has been increasing steadily too; 2) the number of citations to the papers published by the CPH faculty is increasing; 3) the results of the research by the CPH faculty have been recognized both domestically and internationally, as illustrated by the research awards won by the CPH faculty; and 4) the results of the CPH faculty’s research have been adopted or applied by the government or societies.
From 1993 to 2001, CPH went through an expansion period by adding 4 more graduate institutes. Then CPH went through a re-organization in 2010 by merging 4 institutes into 2 institutes, meanwhile initiating the MPH program to provide students with the practical skills required to deal with a changing society. Now, a second phase of re-organization of CPH is under way, consisting of three elements: 1) joining a new inter-college Statistical Sciences Master Degree Program, starting in September 2013; 2) setting-up a new Institute of Health Behaviors and Community Sciences, which is expected to be running in September 2014, to strengthen CPH’s capacity in this important field to deal with the epidemic of non-communicable diseases; and 3) consolidating OMIH and EH into a single institute.
CPH has aimed to transform itself into an educational institution that meets the challenges in the increasingly globalized world. CPH has established a Global Health Center to actively promote students’ participation in international exchange visits, and has launched a new PhD Program in Global Health in 2013. We intend to play a more active role in Asia-Pacific regional public health development and welcome young people with similar aspiration to join us.
Wei J. Chen, MD, ScD
College of Public Health
National Taiwan University