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National Yangming University, Institute of Public Health
National Yangming University, Institute of Public Health
Introduction & history

Founding Mission & Educational Objectives
  1. Founding Mission
    "Culminating public health professionals with a global perspective for achieving social care"
  2. Educational Objectives
    1. To offer a professional and diversified public health education curriculum.
    2. To focus on cross-discipline public health studies.
    3. To engage in social practice and global exchange.
Institute of Public Health


     The institute, founded in 1985, initially recruits students for the master program at the very start, and a doctor program has been established in 1996. Institute alumni widely distribute locally and abroad at public health administrative agencies, medical institutions and academic institutions, and holding a variety of key positions, making the institute a fine public health academic institution with an outstanding historical heritage in Taiwan.



     As the society evolves and develops, the subject of public health has expanded form disease prevention to health enhancement, and the intervene mean has also expanded from infectious control to community reengineering to policy lobbying. To satisfy the increasingly diversified missions of public health as described above, the institute's curriculum framework encompasses the four major domains of Epidemiology, Biological Statistics, Law and Policy, and Preventive Medicine. The institute anticipates to offering a comprehensive curricular training to culminate public health professionals who are ready to service the society and nation, and excel Taiwan's public health development.



     The institute has a faculty of 38, including 12 full-time teachers, 11 adjunct teachers, and 15 part-time teachers, whose domains of expertise encompass health services research, epidemiology, community medicine, preventive medicine, health statistics, health administration, health insurance, medical law and policy, international health and the like, in addition special talents in the domains of law, politics, and economics, who come to form a dynamic, cross-discipline and cross-domain teaching and research team.


Department of Public Health & Medical Humanities


     The Department of Public Health, formerly the Department of Social Medicine, was founded in 1977. The Department of Social Medicine was formally renamed as the Department of Public Health on August 1, 2006, integrating with the Institute of Public Health, which was charged with the teaching operations concerning public health courses of university department. Starting from September 2002, to emphasize the humanity and ethical teaching in the physicians training, and to culminate the medical students with a lifelong learning concept, the "medical humanity" course has been launched to strength the physicians' professional ethics, and to cultivate the medical students with a philosophy of servicing the patients. The contents of the subject mainly divided into the two major domains of "medical humanity" and the "doctor and society".



     The "medical humanity" domain emphasizes the idea "moral cultivation", exploring and developing the education matching the humanity, morality and ethics the modern students are in need of, assisting medical students to build the correct values and professional ethics in time during the process of becoming a doctor. The curricular plan consists of 12 credits, including 6 compulsory credits and 6 elective credits. The course is aimed to cultivate the students' humanity awareness for providing professional and human-oriented medical care, and to assist the medical students instill the correct value perspective and professional ethics as early in the process of becoming a doctor, allowing them to command a broad-based "systematic thinking" and "social responsibility" awareness, by training the student to respect, care for "life" with emotion and passion.



     The "doctor and society" domain serves to analyze the factors affecting the human health and the social environmental issues, including new technology, systems, health care issues arising from social change, exploring the relation and role of doctor and social environment. The curricular plan consists of 10 credits, including 8 compulsory credits and 2 elective credits. The course is intended to strengthen the essential social science training by helping the medical students develop the context of care knowledge, skills and cognitive competency needed to become clinicians; to culminate the students' capability in caring for the minority and pertinent healthcare-related subjects. Taught through small classes, with expanded course selection opportunities, it intends to encourage students' participation by strengthening the problem-solving capability, and instilling an education focusing on humanity, morality and medical ethics that best caters to the needs of modern students.